The Architecture Of Safety: An Emerging Priority For Improving Patient Safety
The Geriatric ED: Structure, Patient Care, and Considerations for the Emergency Department Geriatric Unit
International Journal of Gerontology
Older patients who visit the emergency department in developed countries are more likely to require a more specialized nature of treatment in comparison to younger patients. The authors believe that current-day emergency departments are not equipped to adequately treat these patients in terms of design and staff training for assessments and evaluations unique to this age group. The authors recommend a geriatric-specific approach to designing patient treatment spaces, medical evaluations, neurocognitive assessments, and post-ED visit support.
Home Modification and Prevention of Frailty Progression in Older Adults: A Japanese Prospective Cohort Study
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
In a study involving 574 Japanese adults 65 years or older who required a low or moderate level of care, 34% modified their homes over the course of the study. Modification of these older adults’ homes prevented the progression of frailty (requiring higher level of care).
Developing a multi-systemic fall prevention model, incorporating the physical environment, the care process and technology: A systematic review
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Falls are the most frequently reported negative events in hospitals in the United States and other countries, and about one-third of them result in injury of some type. Injury from falls can result in increased hospital stays, increased costs and litigation, among other problems. The authors reviewed the literature on falls, fall injuries, fall risk factors, and interventions to better understand the effectiveness of different methods for fall prevention in hospital settings.
Healthcare Environmental Terms and Outcome Measures: An Evidence-based Design Glossary
Symposium looks into healthy designs
Pebble Project-Published Articles
Issue August 2008
Volume Daily Journal of Commerce
Transforming care in children's hospitals through environmental design: Literature Review
Evidence for Innovation: Transforming Children's Health Through the Physical Environment
The Road Ahead: The Need to Clarify and Re-Conceptualize Healing Environments
Environmental Design Research Association
The healing environment in our communities and healthcare settings: research excellence into practice
Characteristics and circumstances of falls in a hospital setting
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Patient falls refer to patients’ unplanned descent to the floor with or without injuries to the patients. Patient falls are common for inpatients, averaging 2.3 to 7 falls per 1,000 patient days. About 30% of the falls lead to injuries, which contribute to higher healthcare cost. In order to prevent falls, it is very important to understand the epidemiology of patient falls, including the characteristics of fallers, the distribution and patterns of falls, contributing factors, and fall-related injuries.