Construction and Design - June 2016

Academic medical centers rethinking traditional design

To remain competitive, academic medical centers are updating their physical environments and addressing operational efficiencies, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

6/30/2016


Biomedical engineers can be trained on virtual system

New training method to help engineers learn how to fix and maintain equipment systems

6/29/2016


NH ends Certificate of Need board

Some limits on new healthcare construction remain

6/28/2016


Why aren’t healthcare waiting rooms more accommodating?

Waiting rooms are among the most highly trafficked areas in a healthcare facility

6/24/2016


Darkness as important as light for health

Light at night disrupts the body's normal cycles, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

6/24/2016


New treatment room designed with user-oriented model

Design model for future intensive and intermediate care facilities was developed at Finnish hospital

6/21/2016


Retail invites interaction with community

The design of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital has helped the building become a good neighbor and receive the 2016 ACHA Legacy Project Award, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

6/21/2016


Construction in a working healthcare facility can be delicate

Issues include safety requirements, the phasing-in order and maintaining hospital operations

6/16/2016


White paper on energy savings available

'Energy savings — Realistic Expectations' downloadable from Medical Construction & Design website

6/16/2016


Ontario healthcare facility making the hospital safer for psychiatric patients

Safe rooms will have smooth walls and heavy furniture to prevent self-harm

6/15/2016


Hospitals adopting a variety of shades of green

Greenhealth Exchange partnership will make it easier for healthcare organizations to buy green

6/14/2016


Are ICUs too loud?

The World Health Organization recommends hospitals keep the noise level in ICUs below 35 decibels on average

6/13/2016


Traditional exam rooms do not support modern healthcare

Exam rooms can disrupt partnership with patients

6/13/2016


Architectural decisions can impact dementia patients

Getting lost can be especially dangerous for people who live with advanced forms of dementia

6/10/2016


A toxin-free healthcare facility for the future

Hospitals are beginning to evaluate products' potential health risks

6/8/2016


Electrical, power, lighting in stand-alone healthcare buildings

Stand-alone medical buildings and specialized treatment facilities are engineering challenges

6/6/2016


Design strategies for med/surg rooms

The Center for Health Design looked at med/surg rooms and found 19 evidence-based features to consider incorporating, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

6/6/2016


Healthy energy: Creating outage-resilient hospital facilities

An important step in increasing the resiliency of a healthcare facility is to connect its behind-the-meter energy assets, in order to monitor them around the clock and ensure they will perform as required in an outage

6/6/2016


San Francisco in healthcare construction boom

City hospitals expanding as facilities close elsewhere

6/2/2016


UF Health retrocommission, automation cut energy costs

Performance data helps healthcare facility save millions

6/2/2016



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