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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.

Preventing Emergency Department Violence through Design

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

The effect of vertical split-flow patient management on emergency department throughput and efficiency

Author(s): Garrett, J. S., Berry, C., Wong, H., Qin, H., Kline, J. A.

Sustainable healthcare facilities: Reconciling bed capacity and local needs

Author(s): Pantzartzis, E., Edum-Fotwe, F. T., Price, A. D. F.

Aggression and violence in psychiatric hospitals with and without open door policies: A 15-year naturalistic observational study

Author(s): Schneeberger, A. R., Kowalinski, E., Fröhlich, D., Schroeder, K., Felten, S., Zinkler, M., Beine, K., Heinz, A., Borgwardt, S., Lang, U. E., Bux, D., Huber, C. G.

The impact of facility design on scanner utilization and efficiency while ensuring patient centered care in a PET/CT facility.

Author(s): Williams, Jessica, Mantel, Eleanor, Colloton, Jason

Impact of an emergency short stay unit on emergency department performance of poisoned patients

Author(s): Downes, M. A., Balshaw, J. K., Muscat, T. M., Ritchie, N., Isbister, G. K.

Cost-benefit analysis of different air change rates in an operating room environment

Author(s): Gormley, Thomas, Markel, T. A., Jones, H., Greeley, D., Ostojic, John, Clarke, J. H., Abkowitz, M., Wagner, Jennifer

Separate Medication Preparation Rooms Reduce Interruptions and Medication Errors in the Hospital Setting: A Prospective Observational Study

Author(s): Huckels-Baumgart, S., Baumgart, A., Buschmann, U., Schüpfer, G., Manser, T.
Errors and interruptions are commonplace during medication preparation procedures in healthcare environments. One study found that one interruption occurred for every 3.2 drugs administered during nurses’ medication rounds.
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Route complexity and simulated physical ageing negatively influence wayfinding

Author(s): Zijlstra, E., Hagedoorn, M., Krijnen, W. P., van der Schans, C. P., Mobach, M. P.
In this study, “wayfinding” is defined as determining and following a path or route between an origin and a destination. Wayfinding can be particularly difficult in complex and sometimes stressful environments like hospitals, and as hospitals continue to expand to meet increasing healthcare demands, their layouts face the possibility of becoming more difficult to navigate. Wayfinding is particularly difficult for the elderly, who may have memory issues and weakened physical abilities. Support from the environment is necessary to help elderly people function at their best, so it is important to understand what elements of the designed environment either benefit or confuse them.
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