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Insights & Solutions

    Webinar
    March 2019 Webinar
    This webinar will focus on a case study on the efficient design of one of the largest treatment centers for infectious diseases in the U.S. The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston’s new six-bed bio-containment critical care unit will serve as a multifunctional patient care space that is equipped to treat patients with the most highly contagious diseases. 
    Interview
    February 2018 Interview
    Learn about how the design of a new psychiatric facility strives to normalize mental illness through carefully chosen materials with the goal of creating a “homey,” non-institutional setting, why private patient rooms will be included in the new final building as an important part of the design concept, and how research helped shape the architects’ beliefs that the built environment should support patients’ dignity and independence as part of the recovery process.
    Blog
    April 2017 Blog
    What message does your Emergency Department (ED) send to patients who step through the doors? If it isn’t a comprehensively welcoming one, you could be increasing patient and family stress levels before they’ve even begun assessment or treatment. As overcrowding in EDs and awareness of the consequences grows within the healthcare industry, it’s crucial to begin taking steps to improve your care environment for staff and patients.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to create a standard process that facilitates appropriate hand washing practice prior to caregiver interaction with the patient.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to design nurse servers and charting stations in patient rooms that would allow the caregivers to stay close to the patient’s bedside. By reducing the travel distance required to gather supplies and equipment and walk to the nurse station to chart, nurses would have more time to provide direct patient care.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2015 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to change a patient’s hospital experience through specific environmental design features aimed at reducing stress.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2010 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to establish four guiding principles: Design for adaptability to enable flexibility of use over time; Incorporate safety initiatives identified in available research; Create standardization of processes, supplies and design to develop a safer environment and increase the value of the facility; Develop archetypes or prototypes for all components including design elements, patient rooms and overall units.
    Tool
    August 2015 Tool
    Developed through extensive review of research, surveys, site tests, and review and validation by expert advisory council members, this standard set of evidence-based design checklists and post-occupancy evaluation (POE) tools can be used by interior designers to apply research to healthcare design projects and to conduct post-occupancy evaluations of three types of hospital patient rooms: adult medical-surgical, adult intensive care, and maternity care.