November 1, 2018
Investing in Your Conference Time
Here we are - one week before the start of yet another Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. This year is flying by and I know the four conference days will go quickly as well. It's an intense time of absorbing inspiration, seeing old friends, making new friends and attending sessions to learn from the industry's best. If you are attending this year's Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, here are my top five tips for not only surviving the busyness of an almost 5,000-person conference but for getting the most out of your time and investment.
- Comfortable shoes are an absolute necessity. Don’t underestimate how hard a conference is on your feet. You will cover more miles than you think.
- Plan ahead. Download the Healthcare Design 2018 app and schedule sessions to attend, (see side column for sessions you'll want to include on your schedule), booths to visit, meeting with exhibitors and more. The app is available for Android and iOP devices - just search for "HCD Conferences" in the app store.
- Don’t plan out every minute. Leave time for those happy surprises and coincidental meetings of friends both old and new.
- Dress in layers. Even if it's warm outside, it can be cold inside.
- Try new things. It’s a few days packed with incredible new opportunities. Go to at least one educational session that seems outside of what you perceive is your domain.
If you are not able to attend conference this year but are looking to acquire some CEU credits before year end, check out our list of over 90 on-demand webinars.
In the Insights and Solutions section of our website, we offer the resources and tools that will provide you with knowledge that's actionable, knowledge you can quickly incorporate into your projects, along with the latest industry news to see what others are doing. Here are just a few of the open resources you can find there:
- EBD Journal Club: The Impact of Operating Room Layout on Circulating Nurse’s Work Patterns and Flow Disruptions: A Behavioral Mapping Study
- EDAC Advocate Firm Project: Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation, Expansion, and Renovation Crewe, VA
- Interview: How Evidence-Based Design Can Support Communication to Ensure Patient Safety, an interview with Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
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. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
When Architecture Became Healthy: Examining More than 100 Years of Design and Wellness
What appears to be the remnants of an outsize model airplane line the blue wall of an exhibition space at London’s Wellcome Collection. While these large wooden panels seem punctured with random, abstract holes, they are actually construction leftovers of Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Global Clinic, a modular structure to deliver healthcare in remote locations across the world created for the nonprofit Doctors of the world.
The clinic, which slots together with 298 CNC-milled plywood pieces, is the climax of Living with Buildings, the Wellcome Collection’s major new exhibition examining the oft-overlooked relationship between wellness and the built environment—“how architecture has shaped healthcare and how healthcare has affected architecture,” in the words of curator Emily Sargent.
Metropolis, more . . .
The Contradiction of Healthcare Facility Noise
When it comes to noise, hospitals are a contradiction; the activities and systems that are necessary to deliver care and protect patients are the same that produce the noises that disturb patients and obstruct optimal outcomes. Staff must have conversations to discuss care plans, but these conversations are noise to a patient who is trying to rest. Alarms on clinical monitors, pumps, and other devices alert staff to problems with patients, but these alarm noises bother those same patients and can sometimes interfere with the staff’s ability to distinguish real problems from irritating distractions. Hospital units must be cleaned, but
cleaning activities such as corridor floor cleaning disrupt patient sleep with their noise. Each of these examples poses a threat to the recovery of a patient in an environment that was created expressly for recovery.
To combat these issues, the design of a hospital must be optimized to reduce noise.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more. . .
New ASID Outcome of Design Awards Recognize Innovation and Results
In partnership with Herman Miller, NeoCon, and Metropolis, the ASID Outcome of Design Awards recognize the projects, designers, clients, and businesses who are leading the charge to quantify the outcome of design on the human experience through sustainable, humancentric, and socially responsible design. Post-occupancy research, occupant experiences, and design solutions will determine the most successful projects. The deadline to enter is December 5, 2018. Finalists will be invited to share their projects at the first-ever ASID Outcome of Design Conference in Chicago, March 21-22, 2019. Learn more here.
Art Installation Designed to Bring Life, Color to Austin AIDS Clinic
Eaton Fine Art (EFA), an art consultancy firm based in Austin, Texas, recently curated an art program for the newly opened AIDS Services of Austin’s (ASA) Moody Medical Clinic, a facility dedicated to patient-centered, life-affirming care for Central Texans affected by HIV.
EFA created the art program for the entrance, corridors, and exam rooms, adding uplifting elements throughout the clinic. The collection of artwork features a carefully curated series that is meant to bring joy and calmness to patients and employees of the clinic, and features the work of a number of Austin-based artists, thematically integrating bold and cool colors to create an atmosphere of comfort and support.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more . . .
Learn About the FGI 2018 Guidelines in New Webinar Series
The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) has produced a series of 10 webinars that reviews in-depth the major changes and updates in the 2018 Guidelines documents. Offered exclusively through MADCAD, this series provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the Guidelines directly from members of the Health Guidelines Revision Committee. Webinars are priced at $96 each for those seeking continuing education credit and $48 for all others. Individuals and organizations can subscribe to a
single webinar or purchase a bundled package to take advantage of discounts.
For detailed information about each webinar, visit the FGI website.