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Technology integration in complex healthcare environments: A systematic literature review

Author(s): Bayramzadeh, S., Aghaei, P.
Previous research shows that the way in which information displays and imaging technology are integrated into healthcare environments can impact staff workflows, patient safety, and perceptions of care. Caregivers working in trauma rooms, intensive care units (ICUs), and operating rooms (ORs) require frequent access to imaging technology; when these resources are located far away from patients, issues may arise with communication, coordination, and interruptions.
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Added May 2021

Staff perspectives on the role of physical environment in long-term care facilities on dementia care in Canada and Sweden

Author(s): Lee, S. Y., Hung, L., Chaudhury, H., Morelli, A.
Physical environment design interventions are used to benefit people with dementia living in care settings, but the influences on those providing care is unknown. Care settings that support care practices for people living with dementia have both positive and negative effects on social interaction and care practice.
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Added April 2021

Influence of architectural layouts on noise levels in Danish emergency departments

Author(s): Jeong, C.-H., Jakobsen, H. C. W.
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Added April 2021

The perception and attitude toward noise and music in the operation room: A systematic review

Author(s): Fu, V. X., Oomens, P., Merkus, N., Jeekel, J.
Added March 2021

Comparing light and noise levels before and after a NICU change of design

Author(s): Aita, M., Robins, S., Charbonneau, L., Doray-Demers, P., Feeley, N.
Previous studies have found that small changes in lighting and sound can create adverse health effects in preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Many NICUs are shifting from open ward (OW) designs to single-family rooms (SFRs) and multi-bed pods, allowing for better control over lighting and sound levels while promoting familial involvement.
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Added March 2021

Environmental noise in hospitals: A systematic review

Author(s): de Lima Andrade, E., da Cunha e Silva, D. C., de Lima, E. A., de Oliveira, R. A., Zannin, P. H. T., Martins, A. C. G.
Noise in healthcare environments can aggravate patient health issues and impair the performance of healthcare professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that hospital sound levels should not exceed 35 decibels during the day and 40 decibels at night.
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Added March 2021

Specialty space: Breast care centers

Author(s): Guevara, D.
Breast care centers seek to provide interdisciplinary and comprehensive breast care, but the interior designs of these facilities vary widely. Evidence-based design (EBD) seeks to improve healthcare environments by implementing designs correlated with positive health outcomes, while universal design (UD) involves planning for all patient abilities.
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Added March 2021

Acoustic environment of comprehensive activity spaces in nursing homes: A case study in Harbin, China

Author(s): Mu, J., Kang, J., Wu, Y.
Research demonstrates that older adults are disproportionately vulnerable to contextual stimulus than their younger counterparts. Little research has evaluated, however, the harmful side effects that unsupportive acoustic environments, comprised of indoor- and outdoor-generated sounds, have on the most vulnerable elderly living in residential care settings.
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Added March 2021

The impact of noise in the operating theatre: A review of the evidence

Author(s): Mcleod, R., Myint-Wilks, L., Davies, S., Elhassan, H.
Added February 2021

Subjective perception of hospital environments with varying dynamic ranges of noise

Author(s): Bliefnick, J., Ryherd, E. E.
Added December 2020

The Active Noise Control system design to reduce noise pollution in hospitals

Author(s): Sadeghian, M., Almasi, M.
Added November 2020

Noise in maternity wards: A research on its contributors and sources

Author(s): Ban, Q., Chen, B., Kang, J., Zhang, Y., Li, J., Yao, J.
Added October 2020

A two-pronged approach to reduce noise levels in the neonatal intensive care unit

Author(s): Casey, L., Fucile, S., Flavin, M., Dow, K.
Added August 2020

Effects of intensive care unit ambient sounds on healthcare professionals: Results of an online survey and noise exposure in an experimental setting

Author(s): Schmidt, N., Gerber, S. M., Zante, B., Gawliczek, T., Chesham, A., Gutbrod, K., Müri, R. M., Nef, T., Schefold, J. C., Jeitziner, M.-M.
Added July 2020

Application of a prediction model for ambient noise levels and acoustical capacity for living rooms in nursing homes hosting older people with dementia

Author(s): Devos, P., Aletta, F., Thomas, P., Vander Mynsbrugge, T., Petrovic, M., Van de Velde, D., De Vriendt, P., Botteldooren, D.
Added July 2020

Noise in an inpatient hospital ward in New Zealand

Author(s): Hulland, T., Su, A., Kingan, M.
Added May 2020

Family members´ experiences of the end-of-life care environments in acute care settings – a photo-elicitation study

Author(s): Hajradinovic, Y., Tishelman, C., Lindqvist, O., Goliath, I>
Research demonstrates that environmental features in varied healthcare settings can impact patient and staff outcomes. Room occupancy, acoustic environment, visual contact with nature, sound and lighting, ergonomics, and the work environment design are among the features with documented impacts on staff and patient health.
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Added April 2020

Examining the utility of perceptual noise categorization in pediatric and neonatal hospital units

Author(s): Hasegawa, Y., Ryherd, E., Ryan, C. S., Darcy-Mahoney, A.
Added April 2020

Characterizing the acoustic environment in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Hernández-Molina, R., Beira Jiménez, J. L., Rodriguez-Montaño, V., Zacarías, F. F., Bienvenido-Huertas, D., Lubián López, S., Cueto-Ancela, J. L.
Previous research shows that the acoustic environment of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) plays a significant role in the development of neonates; however, there is a lack of research exploring the different types and impacts of specific noise sources. The results of this study affirm that equipment alarms profoundly influence NICU noise levels, while staff conversations, telephone use, and equipment movement also contribute.
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Added March 2020

Healing spaces: Exploring therapeutic concept for breast cancer clinic

Author(s): Sarjani, M., Saragih, J. F. B., Soebiyan, V.
Research demonstrates that due to the prevalence of depressive symptoms among cancer patients, healthcare facilities (here, breast cancer clinics) can benefit from the application of healing environmental features to reduce patient stress and anxiety.
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Added March 2020