Construction and Design - April 2016

Planning a hybrid operating room for flexibility

Designing must be done with both current and future needs in mind


Simulation centers can help support healthcare

Components to be considered in a simulation center include the room, equipment and infrastructure requirements


Should healthcare design see the light (bulb)?

Healthcare design professionals can look to the lighting industry for insight, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Designing for a rapidly changing cancer care environment

Institutions are moving cancer centers into the community to better serve the patient population


It's time to design for aging

An architect looked into the architecture that serves older adults and didn't like what he saw


Healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities must cope with the challenges of energy management in a mission-critical environment


Rethinking reading room design

Evolving technologies and collaborative decision-making means patient diagnoses and treatments are being made by multidisciplinary teams, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Streamlining outpatient facility patient flow

Small improvements can mean substantial savings because of repetition


Designing an adaptable rehabilitation facility

Bed growth in rehabilitation care is being inspired by the needs of baby boomers and beyond, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Optimizing patient flow in an ambulatory setting

Processes and flow can inform healthcare facility design


Holistic lighting can positively impact healthcare setting

Studies show that healthcare facility visitors have a better experience in a calming space


Should distribution equipment or coordination study come first?

It's the electrical equivalent of the timeless chicken-or-egg dilemma


Architecture, engineering and construction firms are cautiously optimistic about Affordable Care Act

Survey of architecture, engineering and construction firms shows Affordable Care Act is seen as presenting new opportunities, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Designing outdoor rehab spaces

A growing and critical part of their rehabilitation is taking place outside hospital walls, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospital puts out call to artists for healing-art project

B.C. Children's Hospital asks Canadian artists to apply for the Children’s Healing Experience Project initiative


Psychiatric hospital cited for safety issues

Multiple ligature points and other issues have been found at The Priory in the Marchwood, England


Physicians, patients can inform the design of change-ready facilities

The desire to see what organizations are or aren’t getting right in healthcare design inspired the polling of patients and physicians, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Improving healthcare facility infection prevention and control by design

Design can address things like hand hygiene infrastructure, reprocessing departments and easy cleaning of surfaces, according to an article on the Healthcare Design



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