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Impact of hospital space standardization on patient health and safety

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posted on 14.12.2016, 11:30 by Andrew Price, Jun Lu
The first two steps in making any process more reliable are to standardize or simplify the process thus turning a desired action into a default action. Standardization reduces reliance on short-term memory and allows those unfamiliar with new location to follow an already experienced standard process or design thus leading to safe and efficient work practices. This study reports on research into healthcare facility design and identifies the drivers, barriers, priorities and potential areas that can inform the design process and the adoption of standardization aimed at significantly improving patient care and safety as well as enhancing staff productivity. Interviews were held with architects, project managers, healthcare planners and contractors to elicit their views. An interview protocol was developed based on initial literature findings. This paper highlights the need to think more deeply about why space standardization is needed and which benefits need to be captured from space standardization. Meanwhile, hospitals and Trusts provide very different situations and contexts, such as the model of care, the patient s journey, medical technologies and demographics. Innovative solutions to the space standardization must be in response to the context being considered, but there are some generic principles and concepts that apply to most situations.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Architectural Engineering and Design Management

Volume

9

Issue

1

Pages

49 - 61

Citation

PRICE, A. and LU, J., 2013. Impact of hospital space standardization on patient health and safety. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9 (1), pp.49-61.

Publisher

© Taylor and Francis

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2013

ISSN

1745-2007

eISSN

1752-7589

Language

en

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