The effects of physical environments in medical wards on medication communication processes affecting patient safety
Health & Place
The physical environment of a hospital has a wide range of effects on the quality of care administered to patients. In the context of medication distribution, seamless communication among healthcare professionals of different backgrounds is imperative, and in many cases the physical environment itself can have positive or negative effects on this complex process.
Healthcare Environmental Terms and Outcome Measures: An Evidence-based Design Glossary
Conveniently located “napping rooms” provide opportunity for night- and extended-shift providers to rest, leading to less fatigue and better performance.
2008, last updated October 23, 2013
US Department of Health and Human Services; AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) website
Healthcare providers are known for working unacceptably long hours and being chronically sleep deprived. Often, physicians and nurses work 24+ hour shifts, leading to fatigue and avoidable errors that put both caregivers and patients at risk of serious injury or death. Acute and chronic sleep deprivation can mimic the effects of drunkenness.
Symposium looks into healthy designs
Pebble Project-Published Articles
Issue August 2008
Volume Daily Journal of Commerce
Strategies to reduce patient harm: understanding the role of design and the built environment
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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
Incidents relating to the intra-hospital transfer of critically ill patients
Intensive Care Medicine
Transportation of critically ill patients between hospitals can increase complications. Intrahospital transportation poses many of the same risks. Examining these incidents could uncover ways to improve patient safety during transportation.
New vistas. Evidence-based design projects look into the links between a facility's environment and its care
Health Facilities Management