Marianna Jewell

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About Me:

  • 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.