Hamilton, D. K. (2019). Horseshoe, Cockpit, and Dragonfly: Nurse Movement in Headwall Patient Rooms. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 42(1), 47–52.
There are numerous studies on how layout at the unit level affects nurse workflow, but we have very little published information about how nurses work within the patient room. This study by Hamilton examines how ICU headwall patient room design affects the working patterns of critical care nurses. Findings include several consistent patterns of movement, highlighted in the catchy title of the article, and one equipment pattern. The results show a need for balance between consistent fixed locations for some items and portability of other items so that nurses may customize their own workspace.