- I am from Nashville, TN and have two brothers (25, 17) and one sister (20).
- I graduated from Georgia Tech in August, 2007 with an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree.
- I love to travel and my next destination of choice is South America. I would love to work abroad at some point. So far I've been to:
Singapore + China + Thailand + Cambodia + Malaysia + Inner Mongolia + Australia + Luxembourg + France + Italy + Germany + Austria + Spain + Netherlands + Belgium + Haiti + Bahamas + Canada
- I have glasses. But I've had them for less than a year.
- My pinky finger is as long as my second toe.
- This photo is WAY TOO BIG!!!
08/28/07 "Embracing Evidence Based Design" - I found it very surprising that the chances of dying through error are so high. (1/300-1/700) - only 14-30% of health care providers wash their hands. This leads to the spending of 1.7M with 99K deaths. - hospitals are VERY LOUD- and the noise worsens patient AND staff outcomes. (louder than a jackhammer, shown by studies) - introduction of Room Zoning: 1. Family Zone 2. Patient Zone 3. Health Care Provider Zone other interesting feature: larger doors so patients can fit in and out of the rooms WITH at least one other person - Effects of "Viewing Nature": women stayed one full day less on average in the hospital death rate was 70% higher in dull rooms 21% lower drug costs for patients in brighter rooms 22% fewer analgesics for patients in brighter rooms
If the turnaround time is only one year for including all of these features in hospitals, why do people not add the features? How much would it cost to test for the most spreadable diseases within the hospital? Would this be a partial solution to fewer infections? Dr. Zimring mentioned how some countries test for disease, but others don't.
More ideas to come before next week....
Particularly Interesting Remarks:
- Most doctors are not employed by the hospital -> the hospital "allows" doctors on the staff.
- Hughes Spalding designers wished to make the new hospital "more like home" for the patient focus.
+ warm colors + lots of windows + natural light + hardwook floors -> fake linoleum! + music
- new beds employ self-propulsion
- staff lounges have more windows, which really helps with staff retention
- put supplies in the same locations at all 3 places
- wireless access EVERYWHERE. but is it free?
- "Computers on Wheels" (COWs) keep up with paperwork management for hospital staff. 1 for every 5 rooms.
Food for Thought:
- How can you design something so creative/innovative that someone will want to put their name on it?
- How do you make everyone jump on the bandwagon? This seems to be a prevalent problem with new innovations EVERYWHERE, not just health care.
I wrote down a few notes about "room messaging," which would explain everything you would want to know about what is going on with a certain procedure happening in that room, etc. However, I don't remember if that is actually being employed or if it is a new idea. I'll ask someone.