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Insights & Solutions

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Interview
Interview
Learn about: how the aging of the population contributes to overcrowding in EDs today, why some hospitals are creating ED areas specifically for seniors, with enhanced lighting, non-slip flooring, and other safety features, the need for Clinical Decision Units to provide a place for emergency patients who require a longer stay in order to free up space in the ED, and the challenges that behavioral health and chemical dependency patients pose to EDs, and how best to address these issues.
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Lessons Learned
Lessons Learned
The following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of aging populations.  
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Interview
Interview
Learn about: the need for current healthcare systems to accommodate a growing number of older Americans, how healthcare needs change as people age, design features that can help older patients feel more at home in an inpatient setting, and how home design can contribute to personal health and satisfaction over time.
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Executive Summary
Executive Summary
Learn about: how excessive noise can negatively impact patients and staff in hospital environments, the various ways to improve patients’ perception of sound, and the specific low cost, medium cost, and high cost design strategies that can reduce noise. 
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal of this project was to reduce noise and distractions in the patient care environment in the design of a new adult cardiac ICU. 
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to create a patient-centered healthcare facility, using EBD, objectives include: wayfinding integrated into the architecture, zoned circulation - separation of on-stage and off-stage flow, and clear access to patient care areas with minimal travel distances. 
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Project Brief
Project Brief
Learn about: how Florida Waterman built patient rooms to reduce noise, how patient satisfaction scores improved as a result of room design changes, and how the team studied the impact of the new design strategy.
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Project Brief
Project Brief
Learn about: sustainable healthcare and what it means to Adelante, the organization's method to evaluate design and operational needs for their new flagship facility, and specific strategies implemented to improve patient and provider communication.
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Interview
Interview

Learn about: the ways facility design can support the patient-centered medical home model, the key issues and challenges associated with implementing this model and the outcomes that can be positively impacted through patient-centered medical homes.