Achieving EBD Goals Through Flooring Selection & Design
Added April 2013
Medical Gas Cylinder and Bulk Tank Storage
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
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.
Added March 2014
Quality Physical Environment in Paediatric Wards: Designer’s Creation Versus Users’ Satisfaction
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.
Added April 2014
Pediatric inpatient falls and injuries: a descriptive analysis of risk factors.
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
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.
Added November 2014
Conditions Associated with Wandering in People With Dementia From the Viewpoint of Self-Awareness: Five Case Reports
American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias
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.
Added May 2014
Direct sunlight and ventilator weaning outcomes
Holistic Nursing Practice
Research shows that room design and the healthcare environment offer physical and psychological benefits for patients and others. For example, windows, by providing views of nature and exposure to sun, offer beneficial effects. Attention restoration theory posits that viewing a natural scene promotes a feeling of being away from it all and allows for a mental recuperative break. This change in cognitive functioning promoted by nature offers recuperative powers.
Added February 2014
Traffic Flow in the Operating Room: An Explorative and Descriptive Study on Air Quality During Orthopedic Trauma Implant Surgery
Journal of Infection Control
Three main strategies exist to prevent surgical site infections following surgery: 1) the patient, 2) the surgical technique, 3) the surgical environment. This study focuses on optimizing the effect of the surgical environment in preventing SSIs (surgical site infections). The authors attempt to understand that the protective potential of operating room (OR) ventilation under different conditions is crucial to optimizing the surgical environment.
Added April 2014
The sound environment in an ICU patient room—a content analysis of sound levels and patient experiences
Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
This study was a prestudy for the planning and design of a larger one, where the aim is to investigate the relationship between sound (objective and subjective) and adult intensive care unit (ICU) delirium and/or other factors. It used sound measurement, behavioral observation, and interview methods. The results provide a good list of sound/noise impact on patients and subsequent ICU design considerations.
Added January 2014
The Application of Color in Healthcare Settings
Added November 2012
Impact of Visual Art on Patient Behavior in the Emergency Department Waiting Room
The Journal of Emergency Medicine
Wait times have been reported to be one of the most important concerns for people visiting emergency departments (EDs). Additionally, distrust between the patients and staff of the hospital, patients’ consistent focus on their status, and an uncertainty about the waiting time have been identified as contributors to patient anxiety, fear, confusion, and annoyance. Affective states significantly impact perception of wait time and may be impacted by environmental interventions, such as art depicting nature that has been shown to reduce stress levels and anxiety.
Added October 2012