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Webinar: Reducing Patient Falls: Top Five Physical Design Factors Warranting Attention

When: June 20, 2019
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available

CEU forms available for download during webinar*


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


Which physical design factors should be accorded priority attention to reduce patient falls? This webinar will present the top five factors identified in an experimental study, funded over two phases by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The first phase of the study identified 26 factors. The second phase involved additional, in-depth data analysis and exploration to identify those factors that present the highest odds of contributing to potential falls. The top five factors identified in the second phase of the study will be will be presented. Potential implications for design and clinical practices will be also be discussed.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify the top five physical design factors contributing to potential falls in patient rooms.

  • See the triangular “patient-environment-furniture/equipment/fixture” interactions in the context of falls.

  • Examine 11 key physical design questions arising from the findings.

  • Explore implications for design and nursing practice.

Presenting Faculty

Debajyoti Pati, PhD, FIIA, IDEC, LEED AP, Professor and Rockwell Endowment Chair, Texas Tech University

Dr. Debajyoti Pati is serving as professor and Rockwell Endowment Chair, Texas Tech University. He has over 28 year experience in practice, research, and pedagogy, and has published and presented on healthcare design and research internationally. He was twice voted among the 25 most influential people in healthcare design, and has received over 10 awards for research excellence. He is currently the chair of the Building Research Council of NIBS-AIA BRIK, director of the North America Chapter of the International Academy for Design & Health, on the editorial board of HERD Journal, and fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects.


Thomas Harvey, FAIA, MPH, FACHA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, HKS Health

Tom is a Principal of HKS Inc, an international AE firm, and is the head of its Denver Office. He is an architect, operations consultant, educator and researcher in design for healthcare facilities. His passion focuses on optimizing the functional performance of the buildings that emerge from his practice.
He is also the President of the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executive, and is EDAC and LEED certified.


Patricia Freier, MSN, RN-BC, RCIS, CPHQ, Quality Improvement Specialist, Clinical Excellence, Covenant Health

Patricia Freier has practiced professional nursing for over 45 years, with an emphasis on cardiology, leadership, nursing professional development, and most recently quality management.  The last several years have included collaborative efforts with Texas Tech University College of Human Science Department of Design in examining environmental design elements contributing to patient safety and comfort.  Ms. Freier has been involved in two research studies that have been published and presented at Healthcare Design Conferences.  Ms. Freier also assists Debajyoti Pati, PhD with a graduate level Acute Care Design course.