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    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.

    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
    Building location/site optimization
    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
    Building location/site optimization
    Environmental impact|Patient health outcomes|Patient satisfaction and comfort
    Hospitals

    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
    Acoustic Environment|Building location/site optimization|Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E)|Lighting (artificial and natural)|Unit configuration and layout|Ventilation and air-conditioning system
    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

    Issue 1, Volume 10, Pages 23-44
    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 4, Volume 9, Pages 35-49
    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
    Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E)|Interior Material|Lighting (artificial and natural)
    Staff productivity / efficiency
    Hospitals