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    Risk factors associated with interfacility transfers among patients with Clostridium difficile infection

    2016
    American Journal of Infection Control
    Journal Article

    Volume in press
    Author(s)
    Awali, R. A./Kandipalli, D./Pervaiz, A./Narukonda, S./Qazi, U./Trehan, N./Chopra, T.

    Impact of sink location on hand hygiene compliance after care of patients with Clostridium difficile infection: a cross-sectional study

    2016
    BMC Infectious Diseases
    Journal Article

    Issue 1, Volume 16
    Author(s)
    Deyneko, A./Cordeiro, F./Berlin, L./Ben-David, D./Perna, S./Longtin, Y.
    Hand hygiene is typically identified as the most important infection control measure. Many healthcare settings have adopted alcohol-based hand rub solutions because they are extremely easy to use, are accessible, and are effective against microbes. One limitation of alcohol-based hand rubs, however, is their ineffectiveness against spore-forming organisms such as Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Thus, hand washing in sinks rather than rubbing with solutions is highly recommended after caring for patients with CDI. 
    Physical proximity/density
    HAI related outcomes|Staff productivity / efficiency
    Hospitals

    Experimental identification of potential falls in older adult hospital patients

    2016
    Journal of Biomechanics
    Journal Article

    Issue 7, Volume 49, Pages 1016-1020
    Author(s)
    Cloutier, A./Yang, J./Pati, D./Valipoor, S.

    Antimicrobials in Hospital Furnishings: Do They Help Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections?

    2016
    Report

    Author(s)
    Schettler, T.

    Impact of indoor environmental quality on occupant well-being and comfort: A review of the literature

    2016
    International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
    Journal Article

    Issue 1, Volume 5, Pages 1-11
    Author(s)
    Al Horr, Y./Arif, M./Katafygiotou, M./Mazroei, A./Kaushik, A./Elsarrag, E.

    Route complexity and simulated physical ageing negatively influence wayfinding

    2016
    Applied Ergonomics
    Journal Article

    Volume 56, Pages 62-67
    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.
    Patient Satisfaction and Comfort
    Organizational outcomes|Patient satisfaction and comfort
    Hospitals

    The SCOPE of Hospital Falls: A Systematic Mixed Studies Review

    2016
    HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
    Journal Article

    Volume in press, Pages 1-25
    Author(s)
    Taylor, E./Hignett, S.

    Sustainable healthcare design: Existing challenges and future directions for an environmental, economic, and social approach to sustainability

    2016
    Facilities
    Journal Article

    Issue 5/6, Volume 34, Pages 264-288
    Author(s)
    Zadeh, R. S./Xuan, X./Shepley, M. M.

    Performance Evaluation of 32 LEED Hospitals on Operation Costs

    2016
    Conference Paper

    Volume 145, Pages 1234-1241
    Author(s)
    Sadatsafavi, H./Shepley, M. M.
    As healthcare needs increase, providers strive to reduce operational costs while simultaneously increasing healthcare facility construction and renovation efforts. At the same time, certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) are examples of the emerging concerns regarding the environmental impact of healthcare facilities. The authors note that the number of studies documenting the benefits of more “green” facilities is limited; however, they hypothesize that upon comparing LEED-certified hospitals with uncertified ones, the LEED facilities will prove to have lower-than-average maintenance costs.
    Environmental hygiene
    Environmental impact
    Hospitals

    Analysis of Credits Earned by LEED Healthcare Certified Facilities

    2016
    Conference Paper

    Volume 145, Pages 203-210
    Author(s)
    Golbazi, M./Aktas, C. B.
    Green buildings have garnered widespread public support due to the positive impacts they are perceived to have on the environment, the economy, and society as a whole. The concept of green building design appeals to institutions because of its potential benefit for the indoor and outdoor environment as well as its potential for improving public image. As a result, there may be hospitals that become certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system but aren’t actually providing a green healthcare environment that positively influences patients and their periods of recovery. This is an important distinction since the core purpose of healthcare facilities is to improve the conditions of the sick and vulnerable, as well as society overall.
    Environmental hygiene
    Environmental impact|Patient health outcomes|Patient satisfaction and comfort
    Hospitals