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Safety Toolbox








 

 

 

Introduction 

The Center for Health Design has launched the Safety toolbox containing a library of newly-created and Center staff-curated content. Included in this toolbox are research findings, expert insights, strategies, and other useful resources connecting the built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care. Because of the generous support and partnership with Grainger, The Center is happy to announce, all safety materials produced for this toolbox are available and free to all until July 2019.

Safety has often been addressed differently between the design industry and healthcare owners. Designers often think of safety in the context of fire and life safety, while healthcare owners and caregivers may think of safety in the context of serious reportable events and hospital-acquired conditions. But poorly designed and operated healthcare environments can also contribute to harm associated with adverse events such as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), medication errors, injury from patient handling, self-harm (or violence against others), security breaches, and falls.

Safety in healthcare is complex and requires a systems approach – understanding the organizational factors, the people, and the often overlooked environment. This toolbox details six risk components in healthcare settings (going beyond fire and life safety), with design considerations for the built environment that may contribute to improved safety for all who use a facility – staff, patients, visitors, and others. 

These considerations support an evidence-based design approach to target six areas of safety as required in the FGI Guidelines Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) process: Infection Control, Security, Patient Handling, Falls, Medication Safety and Behavioral Health Associated Injury.

The Center has created this toolbox to assist healthcare organizations, designers, suppliers and others involved in the planning, design, construction and operation of healthcare facilities with pertinent tools including;



Click here to view all Safety Toolbox resources
 


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