× You are not currently logged in. To receive all the benefits our site has to offer, we encourage you to log in now.

Knowledge Repository

Beyond co-location: Visual connections of staff workstations and staff communication in primary care clinics

Author(s): Lim, L., Kanfer, R., Stroebel, R. J., Zimring, C. M.
Added August 2022

The healthcare workspace: Understanding the role of decentralized nursing stations, corridors, and huddle spaces as locations for teamwork in a neonatal intensive care unit

Author(s): Fay, L., Real, K., Haynes, S.
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) host fragile and vulnerable patients. Research studies on NICUs with a single-family room (SFR) layout demonstrate benefits to both neonates and their parents but the impact on staff remains unclear. The decentralization associated with SFRs may impair teamwork.
Key Point Summary
Added June 2022

Antibiotic-resistant organisms establish reservoirs in new hospital built environments and are related to patient blood infection isolates

Author(s): Sukhum, K. V., Newcomer, E. P., Cass, C., Wallace, M. A., Johnson, C., Fine, J., Sax, S., Barlet, M. H., Burnham, C.-A. D., Dantas, G., Kwon, J. H.
Added June 2022

Placing users at the center: Evaluating exam room design for improved user experience

Author(s): Matić, Z., Oh, Y., Lim, L., Zimring, C.
While outpatient exam rooms have remained largely unchanged for the past few decades, limited research suggests that design configurations can influence the quality of care. The relationship of the door, exam table, EHR, and sink can support patient privacy, patient-provider communication, and provider efficiency.
Key Point Summary
Added June 2022

The demand for specialization and its influence on the design of inpatient nursing units: Can standardized design be done once and for all?

Author(s): Xuan, X., Duan, X., Feng, Z.
Research shows that specialized units, such as psychiatry and intensive care, require built environments that are specific to their patient populations. Medical-surgical units within the same facility typically have similar physical layouts even though they often serve distinct patient populations.
Key Point Summary
Added April 2022

Clinic design for safety during the pandemic: Safety or teamwork, can we only pick one?

Author(s): Lim, L., Zimring, C. M., DuBose, J. R., Fischer, G. M., Stroebel, R.
Research shows that teamwork improves patient and staff outcomes, reduces medical errors, and enhances quality of care. Teams are more effective when team members work in close proximity, are visually connected, and cross paths throughout the work day, but these practices can be detrimental during a pandemic.
Key Point Summary
Added April 2022

Relationship of the built environment on nursing communication patterns in the Emergency Department: A task performance and analysis time study

Author(s): Tindle, K., Allison, D., Carlisle, S., Faircloth, B., Fields, J. M., Hayden, G., Ku, B.
Added April 2022

The role of the physical environment in conversations between people who are communication vulnerable and health-care professionals: a scoping review

Author(s): Stans, S. E. A., Dalemans, R. J. P., de Witte, L. P., Smeets, H. W. H., Beurskens, A. J.
Added April 2022

Emergency physicians’ workstation design: An observational study of interruptions and perception of collaboration during shift-end handoffs

Author(s): Joshi, R., Joseph, A., Ossmann, M., Taaffe, K., Pirrallo, R., Allison, D., Perino, L. C.
Findings from previous studies show that emergency department (ED) workstations do not adequately support teamwork during end-of-shift handoffs, specifically in terms of communication and collaboration. The typical open-plan design in EDs may be good for collaboration in general, but can lead to frequent interruptions during physician handoffs, which puts patient safety at risk.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2021

Influences of physical layout and space on patient safety and communication in ambulatory oncology practices: A multisite, mixed method investigation

Author(s): Fauer, A., Wright, N., Lafferty, M., Harrod, M., Manojlovich, M., Friese, C. R.
Key Point Summary Coming Soon
Added December 2021