Construction and Design - September 2015

N.C. hospital first to use certified mobile compounding cleanroom

Duke Raleigh Hospital to use mobile cleanroom to assure uninterrupted pharmacy services


What will tomorrow's OR look like?

The real question is how to transform a "simple" box into a 21st century technology-fueled, infection-free, and sleek surgical environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Planning guide addresses radiology reading room design

Guide offers design information with hopes to reduce repetitive strain injuries among radiologists


Evidence-based design should be part of behavioral healthcare projects

Facilities must be designed with the distinct needs of patients in mind


Planning adaptability into healthcare facility design

The evolution of healthcare is changing facility utilization and prompting the need to plan for the changes with design, acording to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Best practices for an integrated healthcare facilities infrastructure

An infrastructure that includes the progressive integration of information systems with physical components is necessary to remain competitive in today's healthcare industry


Simple energy fixes = big savings for healthcare facilities

Small changes to the controls system for mechanical and electrical systems can have a big impact


Emergency departments designed for efficiency

EDs are increasingly the primary entry point for hospital patients


The business case for combined heat and power

Decision makers should know of financing alternatives for economically viable CHP projects


Engaging stakeholders in operating room design

Including surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nursing staff early in the design process is essential to creating ownership and offers opportunities for innovation, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Flexible OR design key to healthcare facility bottom line

Designers are being asked to help implement trends like hybrid operating rooms, while building environments that address both patient and staff satisfaction, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Wall technology designed to withstand earthquakes

120 viscous wall dampers in new California hospital will help to reduce lateral movement


Audio features part of patient-centered healthcare environment

Hospitals are moving away from a multiple speakers in traditional patient rooms to fewer, better speakers in private rooms


Healthcare designs address budgets with creativity

Healthcare projects that planned, designed and built when the market was in flux addressed budget consideration with smart design, according to an article on the healthcare Design website


Hospital pharmacies becoming more centralized

New designs better leverage clinical pharmacists' expertise as part of the medical team and deliver medication to patient units more efficiently, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


San Diego hospital's central plant gets LEED Gold

Facility is the first stand-alone medical center energy plant to achieve this distinction


Sound panels tested to reduce hospital noise

University of Michigan Health System study found that strategically placed sound acoustic panels helped diffuse sound in the hallways


Hospitals are designing for bigger patients

The bariatric population - typically defined as patients having a body mass index of 40 or higher - isn't an afterthought in new design


Nurses getting more of a voice in design process

A book will be published this fall to guide nurses through the design process with practical information and case studies, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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