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Ambient light levels and critical care outcomes

Author(s): Verceles, A. C., Liu, X., Terrin, M. L., Scharf, S. M., Shanholtz, C., Harris, A., Ayanleye, B, Parker, A., Netzer, G.
Several U.S. healthcare agencies endorse a guideline that requires the construction of windows in patient care rooms so that naturally regulated sunlight can contribute to interior ambient lighting. This recommendation has been adopted by agencies in 46 U.S. states. Few studies have analyzed the association between light levels and intensive care unit (ICU) outcomes. No previous studies have quantitatively measured light levels or assessed intermediate factors such as analgesic use.
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Realizing improved patient care through human-centered operating room design: A human factors methodology for observing flow disruptions in the cardiothoracic operating room

Author(s): Palmer, G., Abernathy, J. H., Swinton, G., Allison, D., Greenstein, J., Shappell, S., Juang, K., Reeves, S. T.
The authors indicate that disruptions in the workflow of surgeries can extend surgery times and contribute to the escalation of healthcare costs.
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Does the redesign of a psychiatric inpatient unit change the treatment process and outcomes?

Author(s): Urbanoski, K. A., Mulsant, B. H., Novotna, G., Ehtesham, S., Rush, B. R.

Achieving the acoustical credit within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for healthcare green building rating system and changes within the forthcoming 2014 Guidelines

Author(s): Horan, Daniel M., Latour, J.-F.

Effects of patient-directed music intervention on anxiety and sedative exposure in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support: a randomized clinical trial

Author(s): Chlan, L. L., Weinert, C. R., Heiderscheit, A., Tracy, M. F., Skaar, D. J., Guttormson, J. L., Savik, K.
Critically ill patients receiving treatment through mechanical ventilation (MV) are often given intravenous sedative and analgesic medications in order to reduce anxiety and promote ventilator synchrony and comfort. However, since these medications are often administered at high doses for long periods of time, they are frequently associated with various adverse health effects that can complicate healing and ultimately create more anxiety in the patient. Interventions that reduce anxiety with minimal use of sedative medications are needed.
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Design Research and Behavioral Health Facilities

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Pasha, S.
In the interest of determining the state of knowledge on the relationship between behavioral health and the physical environment, the authors explored the literature on research, guidelines, and funding related to this topic.
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A phenomenological study of experiences of being cared for in a critical care setting: The meanings of the patient room as a place of care

Author(s): Olausson, S., Lindahl, B., Ekebergh, M.

Comparative Analysis of Hospital Energy Use: Pacific Northwest and Scandinavia (Final Report)

Author(s): Burpee, H., McDade, E.

Evaluating the Built Environment in Inpatient Psychiatric Wards

Author(s): Sheehan, B., Burton, E., Wood, S., Stride, C., Henderson, E., Wearn, E.

Finish Materials of Hospital Operating Rooms of the USA and Egypt: Selection and Actual Performance-in-Use

Author(s): Sherif, A. H.