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First Comprehensive Reference on Evidence-Based Design Published
Date:6/4/2008

ections have been linked to hospital stays. Malkin discusses the characteristics of pathogens and how infections spread and what implications these have for design professionals. She cites studies indicating that infection rates are lower in properly designed and ventilated private rooms as compared to multi-bed rooms and that medication errors are reduced. Fewer infections, fewer medication errors translate into shorter length of stay and lower costs. And, while the focus of the book is primarily on what benefits patients and their family members, there's evidence that caregivers perform better in an environment that relieves stress.

Attention is given to the ways in which lighting, ceiling, acoustics, views of the natural landscape and artwork can enhance the patient experience. Included, too, are analyses of lobby design, waiting areas, patient units, patient and family amenities, and to a lesser extent on caregiver lounges, diagnostic centers, and treatment areas for cancer. Appearing in case study format are innovative facilities that illustrate a new path in their design approach. Over 300 color photos and planning layouts accompanied by insightful commentary illustrate EBD projects at more than 70 facilities throughout the U.S., including Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, NY; Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYC; Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital, Minneapolis, MN; Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; and Scripps Memorial Hospital, LaJolla, CA.

To order A Visual Reference for Evidence-Based Design online, visit http://www.healthdesign.org/book or call The Center for Health Design at 925.521.8404 weekdays 8:30-5 PDT.

*Source: Healthcare Facilities Management, 2008 Building Report, Feb. 2008.

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