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Insights & Solutions

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.
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?
EBD Journal Club
May 2017 EBD Journal Club

Bayramzadeh, S. (2017). An assessment of levels of safety in psychiatric units. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(2), 66-80.

EBD Journal Club
May 2017 EBD Journal Club

Pati, D., Pati, S., & Harvey Jr, T. E. (2016). Security implications of physical design attributes in the emergency department. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 9(4), 50-63.

Tool
February 2017 Tool
These modules consist of Issue Briefs, Backgrounders, and Top Design Strategies, and were created as a supplement to the Safety Risk Assessment toolkit.
Executive Summary
March 2015 Executive Summary
Learn about: the frequency and cost of falls among older adults, reasons older people fall and what can be done to prevent falls, and other safety concerns among older adults.
Executive Summary
April 2015 Executive Summary
Learn about: the importance of hand hygiene in improving safety, quality, and economic impact, a systems approach to hand hygiene that integrates environmental, operational, and personal factors for infection prevention, and new, effective, and easy-to-implement hand hygiene measures.
Webinar
September 2013 Webinar
Patient falls are the most common adverse event reported in acute care settings, affecting from between 2% to 10% of annual hospital admissions. Patient falls cause increased morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and have significant cost impacts. One recent study examined the relationship of design factors in patient rooms to falls in 30 units in 15 hospitals. Results indicate key factors associated with higher numbers of falls, including multi-person rooms, shared toilet rooms, number and location of grab bars, and others. Explore the intrinsic and extrinsic factors on fall risk and the role design plays in mitigating these factors through real design solutions. 
Webinar
July 2013 Webinar
The era of accountable care has focused more attention on doing things right. Hospitals are no longer reimbursed for what are categorized as "never events," serious adverse events that are largely preventable. The Center for Health Design, with support from the Facility Guidelines Institute and a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has been working toward a consensus-based tool to proactively assess safety and risk in the built environment during the design process. New language will be incorporated into the 2014 Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities.