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4 Ways Healthcare Facilities Improve Patient Well-Being
In the late 1800s, Florence Nightingale wrote her thoughts on the design of hospitals, citing the importance of access to daylight, windows with views, and natural ventilation. Over a century later, the principles she laid out are backed by recent research that measures improved health outcomes when the outdoors are welcomed in. These old roots are springing forth in modern versions of healing architecture and interior environments, reinvigorated by evidence-based practices and building science that demonstrate the importance of a connection to nature in healing.
Evidence-based design loosely addresses broader issues that impact staff health and well-being, including daylight, contact with nature, and acoustics. In addition, newer health-focused green building rating systems such as LEED, WELL, Fitwel, and the Living Building Challenge help to translate the wellness goals pioneered by Nightingale into focused design strategies.
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Children's Hospital Using Input, Mock Rooms to Design Mental-Health Facility
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is using a “mock-up” space in the basement of an outpatient center to to design mental-health facility, with designers, architects and engineers engaging in trial and error, proposing walls, furniture, fixtures and even paint colors, according to an article on the Dispatch website.
The space contains a handful of rooms built to mimic the nine-story Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.
Input on the mock-up rooms has been given by more than 100 people, including healthcare providers, other hospital staff and parents of children with mental-health diagnoses.
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Healthcare Facilities Changing How They Fight Superbugs
In January, Columbia University revealed that four patients at its Irving Medical Center in New York had been sick with an unusual version of E. coli , a common gut bacterium. Although the news largely escaped attention in the media, it ricocheted through the world of infectious disease experts. E. coli is a relatively common bacterium and benign when it's in the gut, where it usually lives, but in the wrong places—such as in lettuce or ground beef, or our bloodstream—it can turn deadly. When antibiotics prove ineffective against an E. coli infection, as many as half the
patients with it die within two weeks.
That's exactly why the Columbia E. coli was so worrying. Over the past decade or two, E. coli has developed resistance to one antibiotic after another. For some infected patients, their last hope is the antibiotic colistin, a toxic substance with potential side effects that include kidney and brain damage. The Columbia E. coli had a mutation in a gene, MCR-1, that confers a terrifying attribute: imperviousness to colistin.
Enhancing Operational Efficiency, Staff Satisfaction and Patient Care with False Alarm Reduction
Healthcare facilities – whether a hospital, urgent care center or walk-in clinic – have a universal mission: to provide patients with exceptional care in an environment where they can optimally heal. This mission is easily deterred when safety and security systems aren’t performing at an efficient rate, specifically with alarm systems.
As Internet of Things (IoT) devices become more prevalent and facilities are increasing the amount of data they process daily, traditional alarm systems are overwhelmed and struggle to give customers actionable information. In fact, it is estimated that over 90 percent of notifications are false alarms. Not only are these alarms wasting staff and emergency responders time, they can distract healthcare professionals and impact patient recovery.
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What Does the Future of Healthcare Facility Design Look Like?
While this might not be the question on everybody’s lips, this is still an extremely important question that you should be asking yourself, especially if you work in healthcare, emergency departments or regularly use healthcare services.
This is because changes to the design of a facility can be implemented for a number of reasons, ranging from new equipment, new services or perhaps even downgrading certain departments.
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Submissions for PDC Summit Due June 30
Join the roster of prestigious presenters and share your expertise at the 2020 PDC Summit. The call for session abstracts is now open and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Programming Concept: The future is now
Please note that all abstracts must be submitted online.
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