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The built environment plays an important role in patient, staff, and resident safety, as the physical design of a healthcare facility directly affects outcomes such as medical errors, falls, infections, and staff injuries. Among the many environmental measures that can be taken to improve safety outcomes are single-bed patient rooms, air quality control, reduced noise levels, easy-to-clean surfaces, accessible alcohol hand-rub dispensers, and ceiling lifts. The full Safety Toolbox will be available in 2017.

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November 2015 Tool

The patient room, the most repetitive space in acute care facilities, offers many opportunities to incorporate evidence-based design features. This set of interactive diagrams provides access to the healthcare design evidence base in an accessible and actionable format. Available for patient rooms in Medical-Surgical, Intensive Care Unit, and Maternity Care. Access the tool here.  

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November 2015 Tool
This Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit helps healthcare design teams proactively identify and mitigate built environment conditions that may impact patient and worker safety in healthcare environments.  Through extensive review of research, consensus building with industry experts, and pilot testing, the SRA toolkit was created to support the 2014 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.
August 2015 Interview
Learn about: how communication plays a vital role in nurses’ daily responsibilities, which evidence-based design features support effective communication efforts and why improving communication can lead to best outcomes and impact a facility’s bottom line. 
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