June 14, 2018
Understand the Present to Plan
for the Future
We all have different ways of organizing and planning our personal and professional lives. But sometimes, everyday life can get in the way of taking the time to lay out and follow through with our plans for the future. It's worth taking a step back every so often to create a new or revise a current action plan that will ensure you stay on track with your goals. As the saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” But, it's not just everyday life that distracts us, keeping the momentum in plans and projects can also seem a bit more challenging during the summer months with team
members in and out of the office on vacation. Sometimes, a little help is all that's needed to keep projects moving in the right direction.
Here at The Center, we want to keep you not just on-track by providing you with resources, tools and events focused on the latest healthcare design research, resources and tools for today’s most urgent and challenging healthcare design issues, but inspired. To that end, we have three upcoming workshops focused on different topics - all with expert faculty members. The Designing for Patient
and Staff Safety - A Systems Approach Workshop is one and a half days, June 25-26, in Chicago that will provide you and your team with the latest safety, design and organizational strategies and solutions. The second workshop, Putting Evidence-Based Design into Practice - an EDAC workshop is one day, July 25, and also in Chicago. This in-depth
workshop will provide direct access to evidence-based design industry experts allowing you to spend time with them as your personal coach, getting direct answers to specific questions. Early bird rates are available for this workshop through June 25. And finally on September 27 in Baltimore, we will hold our second annual Behavioral Health—Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line Workshop. This one day interactive workshop will allow participants to engage with a faculty of experts in behavioral
health and design in order to learn physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health.
If you'd like something more casual, there are still two more of regional Health Design Insights Networking events this year- the first coming up in Chicago on July 26, followed by New York on September 13. If you're in either area on those dates, I'd like to invite you to join us - you'll get a chance to meet the community and
come away filled with new ideas, insights and connections.
And finally, there are two important deadlines coming up: the Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Award submissions are due tomorrow, June 15 - remember, this round of award recipients will be recognized at this year's Healthcare Design Expo & Conference and the Environments for Aging Expo & Conference presentation submissions are due
As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary, our pledge to you is to continue to offer you the needed tools, resources and insights to ensure all healthcare environments are healthy, safe and produce the best possible outcomes for patients, families, and staff. You can be a part of our celebration by donating to The Center for Health Design. Donations help us achieve the research, education, and advocacy goals that unleash design's healing power in the U.S. and abroad and help us to ensure a strong future for decades yet to come. Click here to make a contribution to The Center and make a difference in the future of healthcare.
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
The Future of Healthcare Design and Construction?
It’s Factory Made.
What if we could make patient care better and more accessible by applying intelligent design and manufacturing principles to build healthcare spaces?
Rising costs and complexity across healthcare and construction have made it more challenging to enhance patient experiences through new healthcare facilities. One solution: deliver customization via intelligent design. Technological advancements make it possible to manufacture many healthcare building components — think complete patient and treatment rooms — offsite, to be assembled onsite for higher quality, yet more-efficient construction.
At the same time, these added efficiencies allow providers and their teams access to better options at lower prices—ultimately making healthcare more accessible to the communities that need it the most.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more . . .
Designing Emergency Departments to Shrink Wait Times
The feelings associated with overcrowding, being shuffled from one area to another, and the uncertainty of what’s next are common pain points for patients visiting emergency departments (EDs). However, it’s long wait times that are the primary patient complaint, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, significantly impacting patient satisfaction and outcomes.
As emergency patient volumes continue to increase and existing facilities operate at or near capacity, eliminating the frustrations associated with ED visits isn’t getting any easier. New operational models have been introduced but only incrementally moved the needle, so now healthcare organizations are looking to designers for practical solutions to these frustrations, with three primary areas of focus. Healthcare Design, more. . .
Design Strategies for Noise Reduction
Excessive noise in hospitals can adversely affect the physiological and psychological well-being of both patients and staff. Frequent sources of complaints include lack of privacy due to multiple patient beds in the same room, noise from clinical equipment (e.g., monitoring alarms, infusion pumps and respirators), and elevated noise from staff activities in larger, open work areas, says William Chu, LEED AP BD+C, senior and principal consultant, Acentech, Los Angeles, and Cambridge, Mass.
“Increased noise levels negatively impact the patient experience during a hospital stay. This might be due to the fact that excessive noise can increase patients’ heart and respiratory rates, heighten blood pressure and increase stress,” says Margi Kaminski, ASID, NCIDQ, principal and national co-director of health care interiors at CannonDesign in Chicago. “In addition, patients are often fatigued by the blast of medical alarms and do not get needed rest.”
Elevated background noise levels may impede audio communication and monitoring. “Unexpected or irrelevant noises may distract the attention of pharmacists and surgeons from medication dispensing or surgical tasks, causing medical errors and near misses,” adds Ellen Taylor, Ph.D., AIA, EDAC, vice president for research, The Center for Health Design. Health Facilities Management, more . . .
Submit Innovative Architectural and Interior Design Solutions to the Healthcare Environment Awards 2018
Submission Deadline is July 13, 2018
The Healthcare Environment Awards honor healthcare interior architecture and design across a range of project types. Co-sponsored by Contract magazine and The Center for Health Design, in cooperation with the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, the Healthcare Environment Awards are published in the November issue of Contract magazine.
More information here