Impact of the Design of Neonatal Intensive Care Units on Neonates, Staff, and Families: A Systematic Literature Review
The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
The authors indicate that the design of NICUs incorporating single family rooms as evidence indicates this room type contributes to the better development of babies, facilitates increased parental involvement in care, controls infection, and reduces noise and length of stay.
The antimicrobial efficacy of copper alloy furnishing in the clinical environment: a crossover study
Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
Environmental hygiene has been regarded as one of the key areas in the prevention of HCAIs (healthcare associated infections) in hospital and acute care settings. Copper and its alloys have recently been considered for use in the healthcare environment as an antimicrobial surface material, and in 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the registration of copper and its alloys as antimicrobial materials. The main aim of this study was to determine whether copper incorporated into hospital ward furnishings and equipment can reduce their surface microbial load.
The Role of Art in a Paediatric Healthcare Environment from Children's and Young People's Perspectives
ASIA Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies (AicE-Bs), Grand Margherita Hotel, 7-9 December 2010, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Physical Environment Provisions of USP “Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations”
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
USP <797> reports standards and policies for all physical environments in which compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) are prepared, packaged, and stored. The standards apply specifically to people who prepare CSPs and must take care to reduce the risk of contamination from their behaviors, hygiene, and clothing (i.e., garb). Clinical workers whose work lies within this realm must be individually trained and evaluated to maintain the standards and reduce microbial contamination that results from contact.
Quality Physical Environment in Paediatric Wards: Designer’s Creation Versus Users’ Satisfaction
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Prior research has revealed that an optimal healing environment can enhance a child’s quality of life by supporting the healing process. However, little has been done to identify specific design features within an optimal healing environment that either impede or aid the healing process.
Achieving EBD Goals Through Flooring Selection & Design
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.
Standing on textured surfaces: effects on standing balance in healthy older adults
Age and Ageing
Finishes and Furnishings: Considerations for Critical Care Environments
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
Finishes and furnishings play an important role in the healing environment and do affect patient health outcomes, staff satisfaction, operational efficiency, and costs. It is important to create properly designed critical care units. Involving healthcare providers in the design process is necessary to highlight the user’s perspective, preferences, choices, and comfort versus safety.
In vitro evaluation of a novel process for reducing bacterial contamination of environmental surfaces
American Journal of Infection Control