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Effects of different interior decorations in the seclusion area of a psychiatric acute ward

Author(s): Vaaler, A.E., Morken, G., Linaker, O.M.
Seclusion, or containment of a patient in an enclosed area, is a common practice in psychiatric acute wards. Traditionally such areas have been used for the dual purpose of meeting the safety and containment needs of behaviorally disturbed patients, and obtaining a decrease in sensory and emotional input (based on the belief that external stimuli would cause patients to suffer excessive mental anxiety). The design and furnishings of the seclusion area are influenced by this need to reduce external stimuli and maintain safety. They are typically sparsely furnished minimizing risk of any physical harm.
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Nursing and the arts. Nature and well-being

Author(s): Young-Mason, J.

Antimicrobial functions for synthetic fibers: Recent developments

Author(s): Williams, J.F., HaloSource, V., Cho, U.

Environmental Toxicants and Developmental Disabilities

Author(s): Koger, S.M., Schettler, T., Weiss, B.

Brominated flame retardants

Author(s): Janssen

Healthier hospitals?

Author(s): Fontaine, D.K., Gerardi, D.

The healing environment in our communities and healthcare settings: research excellence into practice

Author(s): Craft, N.

Acoustics and psychosocial environment in intensive coronary care

Author(s): Blomkvist, V., Eriksen, C.A., Theorell, T., Ulrich, R., Rasmanis, G.
Research suggests that the physical environment of healthcare facilities influences patient satisfaction, pain, and infection. However, there is less research about how the design of healthcare spaces impacts staff outcomes such as job stress, work demands, fatigue, and quality of patient care. 
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A vital link. Interior features can contribute to better infection control

Author(s): Banholzer, M.