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Webinar
February 2021 Webinar
In this rapid-fire webinar, researchers from the Center for Health Design will present their version of visual abstracts for 10 articles of the past year, discussing what we’ve learned, and what we still need to know. This program will help participants ride the waves in an ocean of evidence, without drowning in it. But even more, it will provide a shared body of knowledge for the health design community.  
Slidecast
February 2021 Slidecast

Hopkins, S., Morgan, P. L., Schlangen, L. J. M., Williams, P., Skene, D. J., & Middleton, B. (2017). Blue-enriched lighting for older people living in care homes: Effect on activity, actigraphic sleep, mood and alertness. Current Alzheimer Research

As we get older, sleep quality suffers, and poor sleep can lead to poor overall health. Our circadian function plays a major role in the quality of our sleep, and research suggests that the physical environment can support better circadian function. Some research shows that residents with dementia in care homes experienced better sleep when exposed to increased light levels. The authors believe this to be the first study to look at the effect on a general population of older people not diagnosed with dementia.

Slidecast
February 2021 Slidecast

Altizer, Z., Canar, W. J., Redemske, D., Fullam, F., & Lamont, M. (2019). Utilization of a Standardized Post-Occupancy Evaluation to Assess the Guiding Principles of a Major Academic Medical Center. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal

“Let’s do a POE.” Seems simple, right? Design professionals get the potential value of post-occupancy evaluation, but they often find that there is zero time after construction is complete to create a POE tool and go through the evaluation process. Can standardized tools that have customizable features provide a balanced solution to this evaluation conundrum?  

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Webinar
January 2021 Webinar
This webinar explores how value is added when Lean process improvement, evidence-based design, and clinician engagement are integrated. Presenters will review the Indiana University Health West Vertical Expansion project as a case study and describe the three primary approaches utilized. 
EBD Journal Club
January 2021 EBD Journal Club
Lim, L., Kanfer, R., Stroebel R.J., Zimring, C. (2020). Health Environments Research & Design Journal. DOI: 10.1177/1937586719888903
Podcast
January 2021 Podcast
Holly Harris,  at age 28, shares her perspective on healthcare architecture and design in today’s world.  When asked “Many interior design and interior architect students have been known to shy away from specializing in healthcare because they see it as unsexy and boring. What do you say to that and what would you say to them?” Holly’s answer was inspiring. She quickly responded with, “If you don’t like what you’ve experienced or have seen in the world, then you could be the one to change it.”
The Lede
January 2021 The Lede
With debate about SARS-CoV-2 transmission, Italian researchers studied whether the virus’ RNA was on surfaces where COVID-19 patients were receiving care. Two of 26 samples tested positive, suggesting “real life” surface contamination is a lower risk factor than previously reported.
The Lede
January 2021 The Lede
Under controlled lab conditions, NIH and CDC researchers found two SARS viruses survived in the air, and on plastic, stainless steel, copper, and cardboard up to several days. Precautions against infections originating in hospitals and super-spreader events are needed.  
Slidecast
January 2021 Slidecast

Dhala, A., Sasangohar, F., Kash, B., Ahmadi, N., & Masud, F. (2020). Rapid implementation and innovative applications of a virtual ICU during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study. Journal of Medical Internet Research

The novelty of the coronavirus, combined with the complexity of treating COVID-19 patients, forced many organizations to redirect their critical care staff to the COVID-19 units for 24-hour bedside coverage. The hospital accelerated and expanded their tele-critical care program that connected ICU patient rooms to remote caregivers - virtual ICU (vICU). This technology ended up augmenting their critical care capacity during the COVID-19 surge. The program was expedited with COVID, and over the weeks, multiple ICUs implemented the vICU and became COVID-19 units.  While the program was not intended for virtual visits, the virtual setup became a welcomed communication tool during the pandemic. The Ops Center collaborated with bedside staff to coordinate virtual family visits, which improved emotional well-being for patients and families. Anxiety about PPE shortages were alleviated, and medical staff and specialists felt more protected with a reduced number of times they had to go into the room.