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Taking ergonomics to the bedside – A multi-disciplinary approach to designing safer healthcare

Author(s): Norris, B., West, J., Anderson, O., Davey, G., Brodie, A.

When infrastructure transition and work practice redesign collide

Author(s): Tucker, D. A., Hendy, J., Barlow, J.

Wayfinding in Hospital: A Case Study

Author(s): Martins, L. B., de Melo, H. F. V.

Innovative designs for the smart ICU: Part 2: The ICU

Author(s): Halpern, N. A.

Intensive care unit design and mortality in trauma patients

Author(s): Pettit, N. R., Wood, T., Lieber, M., O'Mara, M. S.
A primary concern for many patient care units is the question of where to place more seriously ill patients within the space that is available. Questions regarding the impact of architectural features, such as the availability of natural lighting, or adjacency to nurse stations on patient health outcomes should be further explored so that increasingly effective healthcare environments can be established. Currently, no data exist demonstrating whether trauma patients receiving treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) beds with poor visibility from a central nursing station experience health outcomes different from those in rooms that may be more visible from the nursing station.
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Using Lean-Based Systems Engineering to Increase Capacity in the Emergency Department

Author(s): White, B., Chang, Y., Grabowski, B., Brown, D.
Emergency department (ED) crowding is a widespread issue that causes a multitude of negative effects on patient care quality, safety, and efficiency. Lean-based systems engineering, which is often used for industrial manufacturing, is a method for eliminating all forms of waste (including wasted time and other resources) to optimize productivity. Recent studies have begun to demonstrate the use of systems engineering and improvement science on streamlining processes and improving throughput in different medical capacities, but an opportunity remains to refine the application of these tools within EDs in particular.
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Healthy Built Environment Linkages: A Toolkit for Design - Planning - Health

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Wayfinding in Healthcare Facilities: Contributions from Environmental Psychology

Author(s): Devlin, A. S.

Hospital Factors Impact Variation in Emergency Department Length of Stay more than Physician Factors

Author(s): Krall, S. P., Cornelius, A. P., Addison, J. B.

Comprehensibility of universal healthcare symbols for wayfinding in healthcare facilities

Author(s): Lee, S., Dazkir, S. S., Paik, H. S., Coskun, A.
In today’s globalized medical industry, patients might travel to foreign countries to receive higher quality or more affordable forms of healthcare. This modern trend has emphasized the need to develop graphic symbols used in hospitals that allow people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to more easily navigate their way around foreign hospitals.
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