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    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    January 2014 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to answer the often-asked question “what flooring performs best in which healthcare environments”, and determining specifically what the preferred flooring would be for healthcare exam and treatment rooms. The material would be selected from a review of performance measures. In addition, the goal was to create a new prototype concept for the exam rooms with a face-to-face consultation desk that supported the integration of the EMR.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    January 2014 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to understand the amount of walking and energy expended by nurses in their daily work, in addition to nurses’ work environment preferences, and job satisfaction, may aid architects and engineers in designing hospitals that best meet the needs of these workers.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    January 2014 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to increase caregiver efficiency through the implementation of evidence-based design strategies in the design of a new patient bed tower at Central Washington Hospital.
    Webinar
    January 2018 Webinar
    This webinar introduces the new, easier to use, online interface for The Center’s Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit, a proactive and systematic approach to designing and renovating healthcare facilities for safety. Originally developed through research and consensus to support the requirements of the FGI Guidelines, The Center's research team will walk you through the why, what, and how of each part of the online SRA toolkit illustrating features with vignettes gathered from the testing process.  
    EBD Journal Club
    October 2017 EBD Journal Club
    Toward a Framework for Designing Person-Centered Mental Health Interiors for Veterans, Journal of Interior Design, DOI: 10.1111/joid.12095
    Tool
    February 2018 Tool
    Design interventions to improve well-being for patients with behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions will often have impacts on other populations, as well (e.g., staff, visitors, non-BMH patients who use the same facility). This tool will help you consider those broader impacts and incorporate them into an evidence-based process for a universal design approach.  
    Interview
    February 2018 Interview
    Inside you will learn about: why behavioral health facilities have very different design requirements than general hospitals; how different areas of a behavioral health unit have different safety needs that influence design choices; and which types of safety measures and products should be incorporated into behavioral health units.
    Interview
    February 2018 Interview
    Inside you will learn about: why relationships are at the heart of successful psychiatric treatment strategies; how effective designs can facilitate positive interactions between clinicians and patients; and the benefits of using a community treatment model that allows patients to access services in carefully designed “neighborhood treatment malls.”
    Interview
    February 2018 Interview

    Inside you will learn about: the challenges in identifying best practices in the built environment for behavioral healthcare; where architects and designers can start when working on projects for behavioral health facilities; and the differences between behavioral health and medical settings.

    Tool
    September 2017 Tool
    The Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) Toolkit is: a proactive process that can mitigate risk a discussion prompt for a multidisciplinary team an evidence-based design (EBD) approach to identify solutions. The SRA targets six areas of safety (infections, falls, medication errors, security, injuries of behavioral health, and patient handling) as required in the FGI Guidelines. WHY USE THIS SRA?