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Understanding Design Vulnerabilities in the Physical Environment Relating to Patient Fall Patterns in a Psychiatric Hospital: Seven Years of Sentinel Events

Author(s): Bayramzadeh, S., Portillo, M., Carmel-Gilfilen, C.
​Finding effective ways to prevent patient falls and fall-related injuries has been an ongoing struggle and debate for many modern medical practitioners. Previous studies have shown that nearly 30% of falls that occur in hospital settings result in injuries and, subsequently, additional treatments.
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Anticipated Advantages and Disadvantages of a move to 100% Single Room Hospital in Australia: A Case Study

Author(s): Cusack, L., Wiechula, R., Schultz, T., Dollard, J., Maben, J.

Evaluating the Psychosocial Impact of Indoor Public Spaces in Complex Healthcare Settings

Author(s): Lacanna, G., Wagenaar, C., Avermaete, T., Swami, V.

Healthcare signage design: A review on recommendations for effective signing systems

Author(s): Rodrigues, R., Coelho, R., Tavares, J. M. R. S.
Studies have shown that designing “patient-centric” healthcare environments can alleviate stress for both patient populations as well as healthcare staff members. Patient-centric designs carefully consider how patients will interact with the built environment, and how the built environment itself can work to make their healing process easier. 
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Design lessons from the analysis of nurse journeys in a hospital ward

Author(s): Nazarian, M., Price, A., Demian, P., Malekzadeh, M.

A regional survey on residents’ preferences on patient-centered medical home design in rural areas

Author(s): Cai, H., Spreckelmeyer, K., Mendenhall, A., Li, D., Holmes, C., Levy, M.

Introduction of a horizontal and vertical split flow model of emergency department patients as a response to overcrowding

Author(s): Wallingford, G., Joshi, N., Callagy, P., Stone, J., Brown, I., Shen, S.
Hospital emergency departments (EDs) strive to optimally organize patient flow so that optimal care can be delivered while patient length of stay is minimized. The emergency severity index (ESI) is a 5-point scale used to help medical staff discern the severity of patient conditions; higher ESI scores indicate less-severe medical conditions. 
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Preventing Emergency Department Violence through Design

Author(s): Lenaghan, P. A., Cirrincione, N. M., Henrich, S.

Working in small-scale, homelike dementia care: Effects on staff burnout symptoms and job characteristics. A quasi-experimental, longitudinal study

Author(s): Zwakhalen, S. M. G., Hamers, J. P. H., van Rossum, E., Ambergen, T., Kempen, G. I. J. M., Verbeek, H.

Single-Occupancy Patient Rooms: A Systematic Review of the Literature Since 2006

Author(s): Taylor, E., Card, A. J., Piatkowski, M.