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Safe Emergency Departments through Innovative Design, Technologies and Staffing Considerations

In this session we will explore the impacts architects, planners and interior designers can have on the behavioral health epidemic.  While, as designers, we have little control over funding and other socio-economic factors that contribute to the crisis, but what we do have is the ability to increase efficiency for the caregivers with our designs and the ability to positively enhance the patients experience.  We will assess the current state of behavioral health in the United States and look to what the future holds.  Analysis of case studies will be presented to address both the current state and design approach, but also to consider forward thinking progressive design responses for this underserved area.  The initiation of care, often in the emergency department, is a very important aspect of access to care.  This session will present ways in which the design community can collectively contribute to the urgent need.