In response to the anxiety many patients experience in a closed MRI-in some cases, requiring sedation before a procedure-the healthcare field developed open MRI technology and redesigned MRI suites to reduce patients' stress.
The Institute of Medicine's 1999 report, To Err Is Human, sparked efforts to improve patient safety in the US. Recent data suggest, however, that adverse events persist. The Lucian Leape Institute at NPSF has outlined concepts that have the potential to transform the way healthcare is practised and delivered, and lead to safer care.
In 2010, the World Health Organization launched a series of reviews of carbon mitigation strategies in five key economic sectors. The health sector paper focuses on carbon mitigation measures that provide significant carbon reduction benefits as well health benefits for healthcare facilities. This article summarizes key findings from this paper.
In these best of times and worst of times, design decisions need to be made based on credible data supporting their impact on both building performance and clinical outcomes.
While healthcare is beneficial in the aggregate, it may also result in harm. Information technology may be used in a variety of ways to improve the safety and efficiency of healthcare.
Over the years, Intensive Care Units have become the hot corner of hospitals. In the near future, new automated systems will ease ICU patient monitoring and secure delivery of sophisticated treatments.
Given a great demand for a rigorous analysis of surgical interventions, Surgical Workflow Analysis proves to be a powerful methodology to understand and describe surgical procedures.
Many factors influence the patient throughput in and out of the Emergency Department. Clarity in layout and simplicity in operations are keys to streamlined flow.
Even as modern healthcare continues to achieve excellent results, all too often patients are put at risk either through errors or through failure to assess their needs properly, manage their care and recognise deterioration.
Reliability and safety are now essential components of healthcare. However, providing better care requires a proactive approach from the providers.
A more transformative vision of ‘living’ and ‘regenerative’ hospital buildings is beginning to coalesce worldwide. Primarily, this vision finds its roots in the connection between buildings and health.
The new trend to design and build hospitals using sustainable technology, renewable resources and systems designed to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions is making it possible to achieve higher building performance in terms of reduced energy consumption, improved indoor air quality and a supportive healing environment.
The concepts for what the hospital of the future ‘is likely to be’ and ‘isn’t’ include distributed services, the ‘hospital at home’ project, ‘wearable hospital’ telemedicine innovations, ‘lean design’ principles and ‘cellular care.’ These concepts dictate the design professional’s responsibilities within an era of healthcare reform...
The Baylor University Medical Center's Emergency Department in Dallas, Texas has been operating at near capacity for almost 10 years. The high number of patients combined with the dearth of resources lead to an inevitable and unwelcome decline in service. To correct this issue, Baylor brought in local architect t. howard + associates and North Carolinabased architect FreemanWhite to perform a 75,000 sq.ft. renovation and addition to the ED. This more than doubled its capacity to care for patients and tripled the footage of the ED.
A process-oriented approach, which sees care as both social and technical, naturally supports a positive quality improvement strategy and aligns the major subcultures.
The Medway Nursing and Midwifery Accountability System (NMAS) is a model that calls nurses and midwives to account for their performance in relation to nursing care and patient safety.
The human mind and body are so intrinsically linked that "feeling" better is a huge step towards "being" better. This makes the role of art very critical in today's healthcare.
The battle to deliver high-quality care at affordable costs will only be won through refinement of process flows and a thorough understanding of long-term operational costs as well as initial capital costs.
Lessons learnt from the appropriate incorporation of “Lean” considerations during the functional and space programming phases and then the conceptual and preliminary design phases, can positively impact immediate, short-term and long-range operational expenses.
The Leading by Design research project is working with 11 case studies in three countries to operationalise ‘generative space’ as a means to use the environment to make systemic and sustainable improvements in healthcare.
The pivotal role of healthcare design in the improvement of healthcare delivery has become widely accepted under the rubric of evidence-based design. However, there is a need for consumer-driven, comprehensive programming methodology applicable to healthcare design projects in Asia and the United States.
The need for healthcare facilities designed for safety and the convergence of surgery and imaging are resulting in new types of space where medical technology is complex and where safe environments are essential.
There is growing acceptance of the newer methods in patient safety and a call to combine both retrospective and prospective methods in order to gain a complete picture of the patient safety challenge.
The speciality of the Hospital of Tomorrow will be a combination of features for the well-being of not only the patients and their relatives, but the doctors, nurses and all the staff of the hospital as well.
Using the right surgical barrier and protective gowns, masks, head and footwear are some of the key means to achieving optimal protection from infection.
The SARS outbreak would not have been successfully controlled without the collaborative work with several partners - government authorities, hospital management, healthcare workers and the public.
Breathing also creates a 'bellows effect' causing the mask to contact the nose and mouth.
Hospitals were advised not to take a quick-fix approach to the problem of reducing infections, but rather it must be a long-term commitment not simply the 'problem of the month'.
The risks of bio-contamination and the preventative role of the laundry process.
The handling of hospital solid waste may increase airborne bacteria if not handled properly and the transmission of viable organisms to other parts of hospital and community is possible.
A Memish explore some of the advances in infection control that are bringing Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries into line with the highest international standards