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Almost Normal

While it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at last month’s Healthcare Design Conference + Expo in Cleveland, I know those of you who were unable to attend were there in spirit.
And what a spirited event it was! The four days were filled with a renewed sense of promise and excitement. Reconnecting with old friends, diverse educational programs, an expo hall full of new products, and social events to catch up and celebrate together gave the event a sense of surprising and much-needed normalcy. 

For me, highlights included this year’s keynote speaker, “Tech-Humanist” Kate O’Neill, who issued a high-energy call to action to leverage technology as a way to solve some of today’s more pressing issues. Her optimism and exuberance engaged the audience to understand how they can be a part of the solution. Learn more about Kate’s work at https://www.koinsights.com/.

We at The Center for Health Design were honored to bestow the Russ Coile Lifetime Achievement Award to architect and educator Frank Zilm, and The Changemaker Award to architect and Doctor of Medicine George Tingwald. Links to their career videos, as well as to this year’s Touchstone and Healthcare Environment Award winners can be found here on our website.

Frank and George sat down with Center Board member Barry Rabner for a timely discussion on where they see the industry heading. Look for a Center-hosted Voices of the Industry webinar in the near future continuing the conversation. 

And be sure to mark your calendars now for next year’s conference, October 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas. (The Call for Presentations is now open - deadline is January 13, 2022.) I look forward to seeing you there. 

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Vernacare Single-Use Disposal Systems

Over 16 million people contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) each year, with a mortality rate of approximately 6%. Inadequate waste disposal practices put patients at risk of HAIs and can lead to patient mortality and health systems’ financial loss.

Manually emptying and cleaning reusable waste disposal containers is a high-risk procedure, creating aerosols that can result in environmental contamination and a risk of spread of pathogenic organisms, including COVID-19, Norovirus, and Clostridium difficile.

Vernacare’s single-use disposal systems incorporate bio-degradable bedpans, bowls and urinals that use touchless disposal technology and create a more hygienic, safe, and efficient solution for infection prevention and reduced patient, staff and caregiver exposure risks.

Working with leading infection preventionists and clinicians around the world, evaluations of Vernacare’s solutions’ impact on clinical outcomes and staff satisfaction have been published in Healthcare Quarterly and the American Journal of Infection Control.

Learn more here.



Free Tools & Resources

Interactive Design Diagram: Dementia-Friendly Waiting Room

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person's home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high quality care remain constant.

The interactive design diagrams provide a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes - in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Our most recent diagram addition is the Dementia-Friendly Waiting Room. By translating person-centered design strategies drawn from dementia-focused design interventions in residential settings, a dementia-supportive waiting room can support equitable access for the broadest range of patients in any healthcare setting.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

11/12, Webinar: Biophilic Design and the Healthcare Workplace

Amid emotional, high pressure, and traumatic patient situations, healthcare workers must endure constant stress. Learn how biophilic design -- increasing connectivity to nature -- can help.

11/18, Webinar: Culturally-Reflective Healthcare Environments

Learn the value of integrating culturally specific symbols into healthcare environments and the process of community outreach that can reveal unique patient needs to form the basis of the building design.

11/18, Webinar: Post-Pandemic Healthcare Design for Black Communities

This webinar will explore how designers can develop creative solutions to overcome the resulting disparity in today's healthcare landscape.

Classic Resources

EDAC Advocate Firm Project: Health Sciences Centre, Women's Hospital Winnipeg/Manitoba, Canada | Parkin Architects Limited

The goal of the new Health Sciences Centre Women's Hospital was to provide a patient-centered environment that is environmentally appropriate for the care of fragile newborns and women in a challenging northern climate.

Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)

EDAC is an internationally recognized certification program that recognizes individuals who demonstrate an understanding of how to apply an evidence-based design process. Learn about the certification process, resources to help you prepare for and pass the EDAC exam, and the benefits of becoming part of a global community of forward thinking, evidence-based design advocates and practitioners.

Register for the exam by January 31, 2022, take the exam risk-free, and save 10%. Get the details here





Industry News Briefs

5 Impacts of COVID-19 on Healthcare Facility Design and Technology

When we think about the direct impact COVID-19 has had on our lives, healthcare technology and design might not be top of mind. We think about lives lost, financial hardships, and vaccines that have continued to provide hope. As we continue to navigate the effects of the pandemic, it’s crucial to understand the way the future of facility management will shift with these technological advancements and facility design updates in healthcare.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

ACHA Releases Landmark 'Future of Healthcare Task Force Report'

The American College of Healthcare Architects recently released its landmark “Future of Healthcare Task Force Report” that examines healthcare design and provides recommendations that architects and facility managers should consider to improve access to healthcare in a post-pandemic world.
Medical Construction & Design,

What is Equity in Architecture and Design?

In architecture and industrial design, equity means offering equal conditions for different users. Apart from projects that incorporate accessibility and the principles of universal design, equity can be found in small details such as windows at different heights in a kindergarten classroom, allowing everyone in the room to have contact with the outside world regardless of their height. These solutions sound simple but they prove that the architecture is designed to embrace diversity, by incorporating the peculiarities of individuals, creating equal opportunities for users.
ArchDaily,

EVS Considerations in Hospital Design

EVS professionals have always played a crucial part in preventing the spread of infection. With a heightened public awareness of hygiene sparked by the pandemic, the role of EVS is more important than ever. Redesigning with EVS professionals in mind helps them become more efficient so the facility can provide a higher level of care. When EVS professionals are properly equipped, HAIs are prevented, and patients and staff members benefit.
Health Facilities Management,

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