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Acoustic assessment of speech privacy curtains in two nursing units

Author(s): Pope, D. S., Miller-Klein, E. T.
Hospitals are environments with complex soundscapes, and some elements of these soundscapes can impede upon patient health and overall communication. Numerous sources of noise from equipment, movement, and increased speaking volumes combine with high reverberation rates, resulting in the need to speak increasingly louder.
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How Universal Are Universal Symbols? An Estimation of Cross-Cultural Adoption of Universal Healthcare Symbols

Author(s): Joy Lo, C.-W., Yien, H.-W., Chen, I.-P.

Affective sanctuaries: understanding Maggie’s as therapeutic landscapes

Author(s): Butterfield, A., Martin, D.

Does Space Matter? An Exploratory Study for a Child-Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Author(s): Trzpuc, S. J., Wendt, K. A., Heitzman, S. C., Skemp, S., Thomas, D., Dahl, R.

Ergonomical aspects of anaesthetic practice

Author(s): Raghavendra, R.S.
Anesthesiologists typically act as data analyzers, investigators, and planners for forthcoming surgical events, but only after patients and their families have been convinced that the procedure is appropriate. With the field of anesthesiology rapidly developing, it is imperative that workstations are optimized so that procedures can be conducted efficiently and safely. Ergonomics is defined as a discipline that explores and applies information regarding human characteristics, requirements, limitations, and abilities to the development, design, engineering, and testing of equipment, systems, and occupations.
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The design and initial evaluation of visual cues in carpets to assist walking

Author(s): McNeil, S. J., Tapp, L. S.
One way to reduce the occurrence of indoor falls for both elderly people and other individuals is to improve the design of floor coverings so that they can help create a safer walking environment. A growing number of studies are showing that the design of products such as carpets can specifically help older people lead more productive and independent lives by empowering them through safer opportunities for mobility.
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Antimicrobial surfaces to prevent healthcare-associated infections: a systematic review

Author(s): Muller, M. P., MacDougall, C., Lim, M., Armstrong, I., Bialachowski, A., Callery, S., Ciccotelli, W., Cividino, M., Dennis, J., Hota, S., Garber, G., Johnstone, J., Katz, K., McGeer, A., Nankoosingh, V., Richard, C., Vearncombe, M.

Impact of the Physical Environment of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities (RHCSF) on Staff and Residents A Systematic Review of the Literature

Author(s): Joseph, A., Choi, Y.-S., Quan, X.
Strategies related to the design of the built environment should be considered within the context of the culture of the organization and the resident population. This study of the physical environment of residential health, care, and support facilities addresses the range of settings and population, where other studies have been lacking. The literature review strongly suggests that the built environment is an important component of care provided in residential care settings.
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Effects of Compliant Flooring Systems and Resident Weight on Hand Forces When Pushing Floor-Based Lifts and Wheelchairs among Long-Term Care Staff

Author(s): Lachance, C. C., Korall, A. M. B., Russell, C. M., Johnson, S. I., Feldman, F., Robinovitch, S. N., Mackey, D. C.

From Laboratory Research to a Clinical Trial: Copper Alloy Surfaces Kill Bacteria and Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

Author(s): Michels, H. T., Keevil, C. W., Salgado, C. D., Schmidt, M. G.