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Falls Aren't Us: State of the Science

Author(s): Cozart, H. T., Cesario, S. K.
Falls among the elderly can cause serious injury and sometimes even be fatal. However, in healthcare settings, many of these accidents can be avoided with fall-prevention interventions. The ninth goal of The Joint Commission is environmental intervention and addresses safety features such as patients’ introduction to hospital surroundings, appropriate lighting and noise reduction, call alarms, as well as reachable and available grab rails. 
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Effects of low humidity and high air velocity in a heated room on physiological responses and thermal comfort after bathing: An experimental study

Author(s): Hashiguchi, N., Tochihara, T.
Winter often brings low humidity and high air flow from HVAC systems that may cause health-related issues for patients and can impact how comfortable they are before and after a bath.  
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Interruptions and Geographic Challenges to Nurses' Cognitive Workload

Author(s): Redding, D., Robinson, S.
Inpatient care is fast-paced and requires nurses to constantly shift their attention to make clinical decisions and care for patients in a constantly environment. Nurses integrate complex thinking with psychomotor and affective skills to deliver interventions. This thinking is continually disrupted by interruptions and distractions, which compete for their attention and can lead to errors or omissions and potentially pose a risk to patient safety.
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Using Rapid Assessment to Evaluate Noise on an In-Patient Unit

Author(s): Deitrick, L.M., Kennedy, P., Cyriax, C., Davies-Hathen, N.
Research shows that many hospitals are noisy from a variety of sources: people, environment, and machines. Further, this excessive noise can have negative effects on patients and staff including lost sleep, higher blood pressure, lower overall patient satisfaction, increased readmission rates, and increased employee stress levels.
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Person-Environment Interactions Contributing to Nursing Home Resident Falls

Author(s): Hill, E. E., Nguyen, T. H., Shaha, M., Wenzel, J. A., DeForge, B. R., Spellbring, A. M.
Falls are common for older adults, with significant consequences, including injuries and even death as well as healthcare costs. However, few studies have looked at environmental factors, such as lighting, equipment, and slippery floor surfaces, as potential risk factors for falls by nursing home residents. This study explores the risk factors associated with resident falls in a nursing home using a focus group.
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Canadian hospital raises the bar on acute care inpatient design

Author(s): Cochrane, P., Nishimura, J., Woods, L.

Ambient Experience: Transforming the healthcare environment

Author(s): Ensign, J.C.

Diary of an opening

Author(s): Nash, J., Kofalt, K., Buccacio, G., Kazanjian, L., & Doyle, J.

Falls in healthcare settings

Author(s): Gulwadi, G.B., Keller, A.B.

Palomar Pomerado Health uses Second Life to explore the hospital of the future

Author(s): Zensius, N.