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Chapter 14 - Redesigning the operating room for safety

Author(s): Fassbinder, M., Abernathy, J. H., Sanchez, J. A., Higgins, R. S. D., Kent, P. S.
Added October 2023

Identifying built environment risk factors to provider workflow and patient safety using simulation-based evaluation of a pediatric ICU room

Author(s): Mihandoust, S., Joseph, A., Colman, N.
Added October 2023

A systematic review of ventilation solutions for hospital wards: Addressing cross-infection and patient safety

Author(s): Nourozi, B., Wierzbicka, A., Yao, R., Sadrizadeh, S.
Added November 2023

The impact of sensory stimuli on healthcare workers and outcomes in trauma rooms: A focus group study

Author(s): Bayramzadeh, S., Ahmadpour, S.
Research demonstrates that excessive sensory stimuli in healthcare settings can negatively impact patient, staff, and organizational outcomes. Because emergency department (ED) trauma areas can be especially chaotic, understanding issues related to noise, lighting, and temperature is the first step toward addressing the problem.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2023

Healthcare worker safety program in a COVID-19 alternate care site: The Javits New York Medical Station experience

Author(s): Thompson, C. N., Mugford, C., Merriman, J. R., Chen, M. A., Hutter, J. D., Maruna, T. J., Bacon, W. R., Childs, R. W., Pati, R., Clifton, G. T., Pazdan, R. M.
Added July 2022

The Implementation of a dedicated newborn examination room: A quality improvement project

Author(s): Thornhill, L., Tiwari, M., Garsia, K., Joerck, C., Mowry, C., Bhurawala, H., Liu, A.
Added November 2022

Impact of the soundscape on the physical health and the perception of senior adults in senior care facilities

Author(s): Mu, J., Wu, Y., Wang, T.
Research shows that conditions of the indoor environment can affect human perception, satisfaction, and health. Senior adults tend to spend more time indoors such that the soundscape of the indoor environment (acoustics), may influence their health.
Key Point Summary
Added November 2022

Operating room design using agent-based simulation to reduce room obstructions

Author(s): Taaffe, K., Ferrand, Y. B., Khoshkenar, A., Fredendall, L., San, D., Rosopa, P., Joseph, A.
Research shows that the operating room layout and design can play an integral role in how a procedure is carried out and how flow disruptions can be minimized to optimize outcomes. Despite past research aimed toward improving room layout and providing recommendations to minimize surgical site infections, there remains a lack of evidence demonstrating how these physical environment factors affect safety and efficiency performance.
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Added December 2022

Effects of the physical environment on children and families in hospital-based emergency departments: A systematic literature review

Author(s): Gripko, M., Joseph, A., MohammadiGorji, S.
The emergency department (ED) environment is often a very stressful place, especially for young children and their families. Previous studies show that highly stimulating environments may increase anxiety. There are many complex relationships among the physical environment and healthcare outcomes in the emergency department, and themes in this study include control, positive distractions, family and social supports, and designing for a safe and comfortable experience.
Key Point Summary
Added February 2023

Coping and caregiving: Leveraging environmental design to moderate stress among healthcare workers in the emergency department setting

Author(s): Bosch, S. J., Valipoor, S., Alakshendra, A., De Portu, G., Mohammadigorji, S., Rittenbacher, D., Black, K., Calienes, E.
Research demonstrates that healthcare work is demanding and emergency departments (EDs) are known to be particularly stressful. There is a lack of information about relationships between the built environment and the behaviors clinicians use to cope with work-related stress.
Key Point Summary
Added February 2023

A qualitative study of hospital interior environments during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author(s): Bae, S.
There is a substantial body of research on the relationship between the physical environment and human health, and more recently, a growing understanding around how the healthcare environment impacts users, such as healthcare personnel.
Key Point Summary
Added February 2023

On the restorative break: Understanding the role of break room design on nurse engagement and satisfaction

Author(s): Lorusso, L., Ossmann, M., Orozco, T., Lawson, L.
Research demonstrates that breaks are important in mitigating the physical, cognitive, and emotional demands of nursing work. It is important that nursing unit break areas are not only accessible but also restorative.
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Added April 2023

The impact of physical environments on outpatient mental health recovery: A design-oriented qualitative study of patient perspectives

Author(s): Sui, T. Y., McDermott, S., Harris, B., Hsin, h.
Patient-centered (or human-centered) design approaches have helped designers to better understand patient needs and expectations during mental health treatment. Previous studies show evidence that the physical environment has an impact on the human experience, and the importance of environments that support feelings all humans strive for, including normalcy, safety, control, and belonging.
Key Point Summary
Added May 2023

How Visibility May Reduce Security Issues in Community Hospitals’ Emergency Departments

Author(s): Gharaveis, A., Hamilton, D. K., Pati, D., Shepley, M. M., Rodiek, S., McCall, D.
Research shows that many environmental factors have been employed to improve emergency department (ED) safety. Visibility as a design factor, an operational factor, and a layout characteristic can be leveraged to improve both safety and care efficiency.
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Added August 2023

Clinical, Humanistic and Economic Outcomes, Including Experiencing of Patient Safety Events, Associated with Admitting Patients to Single Rooms Compared with Shared Accommodation for Acute Hospital Admissions: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

Author(s): Bertuzzi, A., Martin, A., Clarke, N., Springate, C., Ashton, R., Smith, W., Orlowski, A., McPherson, D.
Added August 2023

Safety in health care: The impact of operating room design

Author(s): Heinke, T. L., Joseph, A., Carroll, D.
Added September 2023

Exploring environmental design attributes impacting staff perceptions of safety in a complex hospital system: Implications for healthcare design

Author(s): Zamani, Z., Joy, T., Abbey, M.
Added January 2024

Risk of air and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 in isolation wards and its relationship with patient and environmental characteristics

Author(s): Wang, K., Ho, K.-F., Leung, L. Y.-T., Chow, K.-M., Cheung, Y.-Y., Tsang, D., Lai, R. W.-M., Xu, R. H., Yeoh, E.-K., Hung, C.-T.
Added June 2022

Reducing the risk of viral contamination during the coronavirus pandemic by using a protective curtain in the operating room

Author(s): Sadeghian, P., Bi, Y., Cao, G., Sadrizadeh, S.
Added August 2022

Lean design of the pediatric intensive care unit patient room for efficient and safe care delivery

Author(s): Lu, Y., Bishop, N. B., Zadeh, R. S.
Pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) are often operated by specially trained registered nurses (RNs). Due to the high stress and sensitivity of these environments, optimizing RN workflows and safety protocols is important.
Key Point Summary
Added August 2022