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Subjective evaluation of speech privacy at consulting rooms in hospitals: Relationship between feeling evoked by overhearing speech and word intelligibility score

Author(s): Sato, H., Morimoto, M., Ohtani, S., Hoshino, Y., Sato, H.
Healthcare environments, particularly patient-doctor consulting rooms, are often filled with conversations of a sensitive nature that ideally should be kept private for the well-being of both patients and nearby individuals. Previous studies and relevant standards within healthcare environments have often used speech intelligibility as a subjective measure for assessing speech privacy.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2017

Environmental audits and process flow mapping to assess management of solid waste and wastewater from a healthcare facility: an Italian case study

Author(s): Vaccari, M., Montasser, W., Tudor, T., Leone, L.
Despite the growing number of policies and legislative drivers aiming for more sustainable resource management approaches and general environmental improvements, there is still a need for more research focusing on the improvement of waste and wastewater management.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2017

Reduction of Environmental Contamination With Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria by Copper-Alloy Coating of Surfaces in a Highly Endemic Setting

Author(s): Souli, M., Antoniadou, A., Katsarolis, I., Mavrou, I., Paramythiotou, E., Papadomichelakis, E., Drogari-Apiranthitou, M., Panagea, T., Giamarellou, H., Petrikkos, G., Armaganidis, Apostolos
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are often caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). This is especially problematic in intensive care units (ICUs) due to the vulnerable nature of both patients and staff in these environments.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2019

Addressing Parking Garage Vibrations for the Design of Research and Healthcare Facilities

Author(s): Pridham, B., Walters, N., Nelson, L., Roeder, B.
Added September 2017

The Day the Earth Shook: Controlling Construction-Induced Vibrations in Sensitive Occupancies

Author(s): Wesolowsky, M., Wong, M. W. Y., Busch, T. A., Swallow, J. C.
Added September 2017

Effects of room environment and nursing experience on clinical blood pressure measurement: an observational study

Author(s): Zhang, M., Zhang, X., Chen, F., Dong, B., Chen, A., Zheng, D.
​Blood pressure measurement is one of the most basic clinical procedures performed by healthcare professionals. While electronic machines are often used, the gold standard for clinical BP measurement is the manual auscultatory method.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2017

Studying Space Use: Bringing HCI Tools to Architectural Projects

Author(s): Verma, H., Alavi, H., Lalanne, Denis
Added September 2017

Effect of outdoor noise and façade sound insulation on indoor acoustic environment of Italian schools

Author(s): Secchi, S., Astolfi, A., Calosso, G., Casini, D., Cellai, G., Scamoni, F., Scrosati, C., Shtrepi, L.
Added October 2017

Development of a healthcare building sustainability assessment method – Proposed structure and system of weights for the Portuguese context

Author(s): Castro, M. de F., Mateus, R., Bragança, L.
Added September 2017

Noise Reduction in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Initiative

Author(s): Ahamed, M. F., Campbell, D., Horan, S., Rosen, O.
Elevated noise levels are regularly associated with adverse health effects among patients within healthcare environments. Infants are particularly vulnerable to elevated noise levels due to the immaturity of their auditory pathways, implying that neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) have an even greater responsibility for reducing noise levels.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2019