August 23, 2018
I have often heard the phrase, "there are no do overs, but there are second chances." Which is true for many things including events that are now in the past. While we may not be able to replicate the full event - we can provide some of the key educational content from that event. Take for instance, the Design for Patient and Staff Safety Workshop that was held in Chicago in June. Many of you were not able to attend and many workshop attendees want to provide their colleagues who couldn't attend with some of the key learnings. For those who could not make it to the workshop and for those who want to learn
more about a systems-based approach to patient and staff safety, we are offering the Safety Webinar Day featuring three of the workshop speakers. You can attend each webinar separately or you can purchase a day pass and attend all three, one-hour sessions either as an individual or as a group.
We are starting the day at 9:30 am PDT / 12:30 pm EDT with Jonas Shultz, MSc, EDAC, Human Factors Specialist, Health Quality Council of Alberta presenting "Medication Safety Considerations from a Systems Perspective". This webinar explains how to use a systems approach to enhance medication safety using Human Factors strategies. Specifically, it highlights various considerations, evaluation strategies, and previously completed projects which aim to optimize tasks being performed, information and equipment used, and the design of environments for individuals involved in the medication use
Next at 11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EDT is Tamara James, MA, CPE, CSPHP, Ergonomics Division Director at Duke University and Health System presenting "Patient and Staff Safety: Where Does One Begin and the Other One End for Patient Handling?" Tamara will discuss a systems perspective on patient handling as it relates to patient and staff safety, including organizational strategy, policies/procedures, models of care, staff “behavior”/buy-in, and the design of the environment.
And wrapping up the day at 12:30 pm PDT / 3:30 pm EDT - Alyssa Rotman, Healthcare Designer, NBBJ will present "The Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections through the Built Environment: The Infection Prevention Prototype Patient Room". Alyssa will present outcomes from a built prototype inpatient room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, designed expressly for infection prevention. She'll review which strategies, materials, and technologies were deployed and learn the process for their selection, including the input from infection prevention officers.
More information about Safety Webinar Day here.
Speaking of education and community, make sure you get the following events on your calendar including:
- August 23, Webinar: Demystifying Patient Data: Using Medical Records in Healthcare Design Research
- September 13, New York Health Design Insights Networking Event, Steelcase WorkLife Center, NYC
- September 13, EBD Journal Club: The Impact of Operating Room Layout on Circulating Nurse Work Patterns & Flow Disruptions
- September 18, Safety Webinar Day - three Design for Patient and Staff Safety Webinars in One Day
- September 20, Webinar: Bridging the Gap: Bringing Therapeutic Design into the Home
- September 21, New Investigator Research Award Submission Deadline
- September 27, Behavioral Health—Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line Workshop, Baltimore, MD
As always, let me know what tools and resources are helpful to you, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.
Debra Levin, Hon Fellow, ASID, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
UV Systems Part of Disinfection Arsenal for Healthcare
As science and medicine continue to progress, people are living longer, healthier lives. Despite gains in medical knowledge and know-how, infectious diseases of various sorts still plague and even kill many people each year. Hospitals and other medical facilities, where nearly any environmental surface is susceptible to contamination with healthcare-associated pathogens, are in a constant battle to be rid of infections and to prevent the spread of them. Despite their best efforts, this is a great challenge for medical facilities
As studies suggest cleaning and disinfection is often suboptimal with healthcare workers treating only about 30 to 50 percent of the surfaces that they should be. Some of the methods hospitals are turning to in the fight against bacteria include ultra-violet (UV) systems, improved cleaning products, and basic hygiene.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more . . .
Laying the Groundwork
The Knowledge Repository is one of the most frequently visited tools on The Center’s website. This comprehensive and searchable database houses almost 4,000 citations that connect the built environment to outcomes in healthcare and related spaces; nearly 700 of those references have been translated by our research team into key point summaries. It’s supported through a partnership with American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, the
American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the Facility Guidelines Institute.
An “additional resources” link on the Knowledge Repository landing page allows users to access two tools that industry professionals will also find helpful in their work: conceptual models and our Evidence-Based Design (EBD) Glossary. Both were created by our internal research team and a group of volunteers from The Center’s Research Coalition, including Eileen Malone, senior partner at Mercury Healthcare Consulting LLC, and Debajyoti Pati, executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation.
Healthcare Design, more. . .
Amazon to Open Care Clinics for Employees in Seattle
In another sign that Amazon is ramping up its entry into healthcare, the e-commerce giant is dipping its toes into primary care with a new offering for its Seattle-based employees.
Amazon is in internal discussions to open primary care clinics at its main office, CNBC reported. The company plans to hire a small number of doctors for a pilot clinic later this year for a select group of employees. The pilot will expand in early 2019.
The move is another example of how large companies are working to lower healthcare costs for employees by incentivizing lower-cost and preventive care settings. Apple, based in California, also has plans to open a wellness clinic, AC Wellness, for its Bay Area employees in 2019.
Health Exec, more . . .
Redefining Imaging Spaces
Although Shakespeare’s line “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” posits that the name given a thing doesn’t change what it is; a corollary is that names do matter as they become the representation of a thing in the describing and retelling.
At the heart of the new classification system for imaging services in the 2018 edition of the Facility Guidelines Institute’s (FGI’s) Guidelines for Design and Construction for hospital and outpatient facilities is an appreciation for the power of a name.
Health Facilities Management, more . . .
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health’s Case Study Library
Architects, designers and planners usually conduct literature reviews, site and facilities tours, and occasionally put together informal “case studies” for their clients and teams to review before beginning a new project. The AIA/AAH Research Initiatives Committee proposed a new and more formal format for these type of informal case studies with the idea that increased rigor will improve the quality of the case studies and eventually lead to more detailed POE studies by researchers.
In 2016, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health began a pilot case study project utilizing the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Cancer Center Project (one of the 2013 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award winning projects). This was followed up in the spring of 2017 with additional case studies utilizing six of the seven 2016 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award winners as the first phase of a case study formatting project with the goal of “bridging the gap” between research and practice by creating a Case Study Library located on the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health’s website. Since that time, another 14 case
studies have been added with plans to add another 12 before the end of the year.
AIA KnowledgeNet, more. . .