- 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.