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The effects of material selections on noise levels in two patient care units

Author(s): Frederick, C., Roy, K. P., Taylor, E., Keller, A., Jackson, M., Kinsey, R.

Improving patient safety in inpatient units--A Canadian Context

Author(s): Cochrane, P., Nishimura, J., Spencer, G., Taylor, E.

Achieving EBD Goals Through Flooring Selection & Design

Author(s): Nanda, Upali, Malone, Eileen, Joseph, Anjali

Medical Gas Cylinder and Bulk Tank Storage

Author(s): McLaughlin, S., Dagenais, D.
There are particular requirements for storing medical gas cylinders as well as requirements for bulk tank storage in healthcare settings; these regulatory requirements exist specifically for cylinders that are not in use. In use refers to cylinders being used by a patient, or attached to equipment and ready for immediate use, or located in patient rooms about to be used. Requirements vary depending on the total amount of cubic feet of gas needing to be stored, with the most stringent regulations for more than 3,000 cubic feet of gas, less stringent requirements for 300-3,000 cubic feet of gas, and the least stringent requirements for less than 300 cubic feet of gas. These requirements are in place to reduce the risk of accident and injury.
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Quality Physical Environment in Paediatric Wards: Designer’s Creation Versus Users’ Satisfaction

Author(s): Ghazali, R., Abbas, M. Y.
Prior research has revealed that an optimal healing environment can enhance a child’s quality of life by supporting the healing process. However, little has been done to identify specific design features within an optimal healing environment that either impede or aid the healing process. 
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Contribution of the Designed Environment to Fall Risk in Hospitals

Author(s): Calkins, Margaret P, Biddle, Stacey, Biesan, Orion

Pediatric inpatient falls and injuries: a descriptive analysis of risk factors.

Author(s): Schaffer, P. L., Daraiseh, N. M., Daum, L., Mendez, E., Lin, L., Huth, M. M.
Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries treated in emergency departments in the United States. Children’s falls have the potential for injury and other negative patient outcomes (e.g., increased length of hospital stay and increased costs). To prevent these fall occurrences and injury outcomes, a comprehensive assessment of the factors surrounding falls in hospitalized children is essential to developing best-practice interventions.
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Prevalence and Determinants Associated With Healthcare-Associated infections in Long-Term Care Facilities (HALT) in The Netherlands, May to June 2010

Author(s): Eilers, R., Veldman-Ariesen, M. J., Haenen, A., van Benthem, B. H.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. They are a major problem in the United States and elsewhere. In Europe, they increase morbidity and mortality and are the leading reason for residents of long-term-care facilities (LTCFs) to be hospitalized. HAIs may also affect the quality of life of the residents in LTCFs, but additional studies are needed to investigate the link. 
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Physical Environment Provisions of USP “Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations”

Author(s): Beebe, C.
USP <797> reports standards and policies for all physical environments in which compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) are prepared, packaged, and stored. The standards apply specifically to people who prepare CSPs and must take care to reduce the risk of contamination from their behaviors, hygiene, and clothing (i.e., garb). Clinical workers whose work lies within this realm must be individually trained and evaluated to maintain the standards and reduce microbial contamination that results from contact.
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Conditions Associated with Wandering in People With Dementia From the Viewpoint of Self-Awareness: Five Case Reports

Author(s): Yokoi, T. , Aoyama, K. , Ishida, K. , Okamura, H.
One of the conditions of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), namely, wandering, which can trigger a need for institutionalization and can cause traffic accidents was investigated.
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