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    Determining high touch areas in the operating room with levels of contamination

    2016
    American Journal of Infection Control
    Journal Article

    Issue 11, Volume 44, Pages 1350-1355
    Author(s)
    Link, T./Kleiner, C./Mancuso, M. P./Dziadkowiec, O./Halverson-Carpenter, K.

    Effectiveness of an extended period of flashing lights and strategic signage to increase the salience of alcohol-gel dispensers for improving hand hygiene compliance

    2016
    American Journal of Infection Control
    Journal Article

    Issue 7, Volume 44, Pages 782-785
    Author(s)
    Rashidi, B./Li, A./Patel, R./Harmsen, I. E./Sabri, E./Kyeremanteng, K./D'Egidio, G.
    Hospitals are often full of information and attention-seeking signs, colors, and noises, making it difficult for something as inconspicuous as alcohol-gel hand dispensers to stand out apart from everything else. Therefore if a hospital wishes to increase rates of hand hygiene compliance, the design and location of hand sanitizer dispensers is of high importance. In a previous study, the authors of this paper showed that affixing a flashing red light to alcohol-gel dispensers for one week doubled hand hygiene rates from 12.4% to 25.3%. 

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

    2016
    American Journal of Infection Control
    Journal Article

    Issue 9, Volume 44, Pages 1027-1031
    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
    Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E)|Room configuration and layout|Unit configuration and layout
    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
    Building location/site optimization|Unit configuration and layout
    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

    Issue 4, Volume 9, Pages 86-109
    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.