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Pebbles Aim For Hospitals That Are Cleaner, Greener, And Safer

Author(s): Keller, A., Zensius, N.

Direct cellular vs. indirect pager communication during orthopaedic surgical procedures: A prospective study

Author(s): Ortega, G. R., Taksali, S., Smart, R., Baumgaertner, M. R.
Staff-to-staff communication is critical to quality and efficient healthcare. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers all use various methods of communication in their daily work. Difficulties in staff communication often lead to interruptions and delays in patient care, variation in response time, medical errors, violation of privacy, and dissatisfaction in patient and staff.
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Lumbar spine forces during manoeuvring of ceiling-based and floor-based patient transfer devices

Author(s): Marras, W.S., Knapik, G.G., Ferguson, S.
Patient handling is an important concern in healthcare facilities linked to patient falls, as well as staff injury. It continues to represent a high risk for low back pain among caregivers. Research shows that manual transfer of patients can impose unacceptable loads on the spine (even when the task is shared by two caregivers). Due to this, patient lift devices have gained popularity and are frequently used. However the merits and demerits between the different systems continues to be explored.
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A comparison of patient and staff satisfaction with services after relocating to a new purpose-built mental health facility

Author(s): Cleary, M., Hunt, G., Walter, G.
The physical environment of a hospital can support recovery from mental illness. Mental health patients are extremely vulnerable to changes in their environments. The paper reports on the impact on patients and staff of a relocation of Australia’s oldest and largest psychiatric hospitals, Sydney’s Rozelle Hospital. The new 174-bed purpose-built meant health facility provided patients with their own rooms within single story units. Further, patients were grouped in wards based on the phase of their illness and required treatment. 
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A Pod Design for Nursing Assignments

Author(s): Donahue, L.
The Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) Initiative affects four focus areas: patient-centered care, teamwork and vitality, value-added processes, and safe and reliable care. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside began participating in TCAB 2003.
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Effect of Sacred Space Environment on Surgical Patient Outcomes: A Pilot Study

Author(s): Schmock, B. N., Breckenridge, D. M., Benedict, K.
With the growing trend to patient-centered care, nurses are often tasked to evaluate how care is delivered. The perioperative environment is highly technical in nature and is often perceived as cold, while creating a sense of fear in patients. This study's purpose was to create an alternative healing environment (termed a sacred space and comprised of both environmental and nurse behavioral factors) compared to the traditional environment for surgical patients in the operating room (OR). 
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Factors influencing patient satisfaction when undergoing endoscopic procedures

Author(s): Ko, H. H., Zhang, H., Telford, J. J., Enns, R.
Patient satisfaction with endoscopic procedures helps establish performance standards, increases the accountability of physicians and staff, may facilitate patient compliance, and can lead to improvements in the quality of care.  Limited data are available regarding the best mechanism and timing for assessing patient satisfaction with endoscopy.
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The Pebble Project

Author(s): The Center for Health Design

Framework for conducting a root cause analysis and action plan

Author(s): The Joint Commission

U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee

Author(s): CDC