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    Understanding Green Building Design and Healthcare Outcomes: Evidence-Based Design Analysis of an Oncology Unit

    2016
    Journal of Architectural Engineering
    Journal Article

    Author(s)
    Campion, N./Thiel, C. L./Focareta, J./Bilec, M. M.
    The United States healthcare industry is a major part of the economy as well as a significant contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and other environmental issues. Green building design (GBD) attempts to offset environmental impacts of buildings, and recently designers have been combining GBD with evidence-based design (EBD) in order to create facilities that positively impact both the external and internal environment. 
    Attractiveness of physical environment|Environmental hygiene|Lighting|Patient Satisfaction and Comfort|Sound|Thermal condition
    Environmental impact|Patient satisfaction and comfort|Staff health outcomes|Staff productivity / efficiency|Staff satisfaction
    Hospitals

    Does Space Matter? An Exploratory Study for a Child-Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

    2016
    HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
    Journal Article

    Author(s)
    Trzpuc, S. J./Wendt, K. A./Heitzman, S. C./Skemp, S./Thomas, D./Dahl, R.

    Design to Improve Visibility: Impact of Corridor Width and Unit Shape

    2016
    HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
    Journal Article

    Issue in press, Pages 1-15
    Author(s)
    Hadi, K./Zimring, C.

    Ergonomical aspects of anaesthetic practice

    2016
    Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
    Journal Article

    Issue 5, Volume 60, Pages 306
    Author(s)
    Raghavendra, R.S.
    Anesthesiologists typically act as data analyzers, investigators, and planners for forthcoming surgical events, but only after patients and their families have been convinced that the procedure is appropriate. With the field of anesthesiology rapidly developing, it is imperative that workstations are optimized so that procedures can be conducted efficiently and safely. Ergonomics is defined as a discipline that explores and applies information regarding human characteristics, requirements, limitations, and abilities to the development, design, engineering, and testing of equipment, systems, and occupations. 
    Lighting|Physical proximity/density
    Staff productivity / efficiency
    Hospitals

    Suitability of virtual prototypes to support human factors/ergonomics evaluation during the design

    2016
    Applied Ergonomics
    Journal Article

    Volume 56, Pages 11-18
    Author(s)
    Aromaa, S./Väänänen, K.

    Are Split Flow and Provider in Triage Models in the Emergency Department Effective in Reducing Discharge Length of Stay?

    2016
    Journal of Emergency Nursing
    Journal Article

    Volume in press
    Author(s)
    Pierce, B. A./Gormley, D.
    This paper presents a quality improvement (QI) project by comparing the performance of two different emergency departments (EDs). The idea behind the split flow model is to allow for a second flow stream of patients through the ED, parallel to the regular acute/critical care flow stream, that is ultimately intended for patients with problems that are not considered complex. The role of the provider in the triage (PIT) model is to enhance patient triage assessment by providing patients with an upfront evaluation upon entering the ED. 
    Patient health outcomes|Staff productivity / efficiency
    Hospitals

    Ebola Holding Units at government hospitals in Sierra Leone: evidence for a flexible and effective model for safe isolation, early treatment initiation, hospital safety and health system functioning

    2016
    BMJ Global Health
    Journal Article

    Issue 1, Volume 1, Pages 1-8
    Author(s)
    Johnson, O./Youkee, D./Brown, C. S./Lado, M./Wurie, A./Bash-Taqi, D./Hall, A./Hanciles, E./Kamara, I./Kamara, C./Kamboz, A./Seedat, A./Thomas, S./Kamara, T. B./Leather, A. J. M./Kargbo, B.
    The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa during 2014-2015 was an unprecedented modern crisis that required novel approaches to outbreak containment and management. In response, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) in Freetown, Sierra Leone, worked to develop and implement five new Ebola Holding Units (EHUs) in government hospitals, which successfully isolated 37% of the 3,097 confirmed EVD cases within the country’s Western Urban and Rural district.
    Physical proximity/density
    HAI related outcomes|Organizational outcomes|Patient health outcomes
    Hospitals|Other healthcare facilities

    Healthcare Staffs’ Experiences and Perceptions of Caring for People with Dementia in the Acute Setting: Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

    2016
    International Journal of Nursing Studies
    Journal Article

    Volume 61, Pages 104-116
    Author(s)
    Houghton, C./Murphy, K./Brooker, D./Casey, D.
    Dementia is an international health issue that greatly impacts healthcare delivery systems. Individuals with dementia have specific needs when it comes to healthcare, and it seems that, generally, acute care environments aren’t suitable for these individuals. Considering how previous studies have shown that as much as a quarter of individuals utilizing acute hospital services are likely to have dementia, the authors posit that there needs to be a shift in ethos, organization, and environment in which more appropriate care is provided to patients with dementia in acute care settings. 
    Distraction/interruption|Patient Satisfaction and Comfort
    Organizational outcomes|Patient health outcomes|Patient satisfaction and comfort|Staff productivity / efficiency
    Hospitals

    Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Hand Hygiene Program on Employer Health Care Insurance Claims and Costs, Absenteeism, and Employee Perceptions and Practices:

    2016
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    Journal Article

    Issue 6, Volume 58, Pages e231-e240
    Author(s)
    Arbogast, J. W./Moore-Schiltz, L./Jarvis, W. R./Harpster-Hagen, A./Hughes, J./Parker, A.

    Disposable antimicrobial and sporicidal privacy curtains: Cost benefit of hanging longer

    2016
    American Journal of Infection Control
    Journal Article

    Issue 7, Volume 44, Pages 854-855
    Author(s)
    Kotsanas, D./Gillespie, E.