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Daylight and health: A review of the evidence and consequences for the built environment

Author(s): Aries, M. B. C, Aarts, M. P. J., van Hoof, J.
This paper is an overview of studies on the effects of daylight exposure on human health.
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Engineering control of respiratory infection and low-energy design of healthcare facilities

Author(s): Li, Y., Tang, J., Noakes, C., Hodgson, M. J.

Impact of sink location on hand hygiene compliance for Clostridium difficile infection

Author(s): Zellmer, C., Blakney, R., Van Hoof, S., Safdar, N.

Upper room UVGI effectiveness with dispersed pathogens at different droplet sizes in spaces conditioned by chilled ceiling and mixed displacement ventilation system

Author(s): Kanaan, M., Ghaddar, N., Ghali, K., Araj, G.

Designing dementia-friendly hospital environments

Author(s): Waller, Sarah, Masterson, Abigail

A hierarchical facility layout planning approach for large and complex hospitals

Author(s): Helber, S., Böhme, D., Oucherif, F., Lagershausen, S., Kasper, S.

A Study of Universal Design in Everyday Life of Elderly Adults

Author(s): Mustaquim, Moyen M.

Modeling environmental contamination in hospital single- and four-bed rooms

Author(s): King, M-F, Noakes, C J, Sleigh, P A
Healthcare workers (HCWs) coming in contact with contaminated surfaces in patient rooms can potentially transmit pathogens from one patient to another. However, the authors contend, there is little evidence in literature to indicate the association between contact with contaminated surfaces, transmission of pathogens, and patient room design.
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The influence of facility design and human resource management on health care professionals

Author(s): Sadatsafavi, H., Walewski, J., Shepley, M. M.

Lighting, sleep and circadian rhythm: An intervention study in the intensive care unit

Author(s): Engwall, M., Fridh, I., Johansson, L., Bergbom, I., Lindahl, B.
Regular daylight and night darkness provided over 24 hours is important for human health in supporting the body’s circadian rhythm. Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are not exposed to this naturally occurring cycle and as result can suffer from sleep deprivation and are at risk for ICU delirium.
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