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Evidence-based design for infants and staff in the neonatal intensive care unit

Author(s): Shepley, M. M.
There has been a marked increase in evidence-based studies relating to neonatal intensive care units in pediatric healthcare literature. While it is acknowledged that clinical, operational, and social dimensions play the most significant role in healing, the physical environment has also been universally identified as a critical factor. Conscientious architects are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of design decisions on the sensory environment of the neonatal intensive care unit.
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Objective evaluation of the effect of noise on the performance of a complex laparoscopic task

Author(s): Moorthy, K., Munz, Y., Undre, S., Darzi A.
Noise in operating rooms has been found to be as much as two times higher than the recommended level of 45 dB. Music is played in some operating rooms to reduce patient anxiety, increase the surgeon’s concentration, and mask noise in the operating theater. While some studies have shown the detrimental effect of noise and the beneficial effects of music on patients in the OR, few studies have covered the effects of these factors on the performance of medical staff.
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The Role of the Physical Environment in the Hospital of the 21st Century: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Author(s): Ulrich, R.P., Quan, X., Zimring, C.P., Joseph, A., Choudhary, R.

The effects of moderate heat stress and open-plan office noise distraction on SBS symptoms and on the performance of office work

Author(s): Witterseh, T., Wyon, D.P., Clausen, G.

Discomfort and factual recollection in intensive care unit patients

Author(s): van de Leur, J.P., van der Schans, C.P., Loef, B.G., Deelman, B.G., Geertzen, J.H.B., Zwaveling, J.H.

Behavioural and physiological reactivity to noise in the newborn

Author(s): Trapanotto, M., Benini, F., Farina, M., Gobber, D., Magnavita, V., Zacchello, F.

Specially selected music in the cardiac laboratory-an important tool for improvement of the wellbeing of patients

Author(s): Thorgaard, B., Henriksen, B.B.n., Pedersbaek, G., Thomsen, I.

Smart hydronics for the elevator future

Author(s): Thoeny, C.E.

Evidence for implementing nonpharmacological interventions for wandering

Author(s): Siders, C., Nelson, A., Brown, L.M., Joseph, I., Algase, D., Beattie, E., Verbosky-Cadena, S.

Tomorrow's Patient Room

Author(s): Moore, M.