Designing for Safety: What the Healthcare Industry Can Learn from the Automobile Industry

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Patient safety is a primary concern for hospital leaders these days. Most are focusing on process improvement, which is good. But they also need to look at how hospital building design can impact …

Patient safety is a primary concern for hospital leaders these days. Most are focusing on process improvement, which is good. But they also need to look at how hospital building design can impact safety and take a lesson from Ralph Nader. See why.

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  • 1. Designing for Safety What the Healthcare Industry Can Learn from the Automobile Industry
  • 2. 1965
  • 3. The subject of Nader’s book was the rear-engined Chevy Corvair, whose DESIGN flaws caused crashes and did not protect drivers or passengers.
  • 4. 1966
  • 5. Since then, the number motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. has SIGNIFICANTLY dropped. 50,894 in 1966 34,080 in 2012 Despite the fact that Americans are driving THREE times as many miles.
  • 6. 1999
  • 7. 1999
  • 8. 2013
  • 9. Which is more than if TWO jumbo jets crashed every day, killing all aboard.
  • 10. BUT, improving the design of the physical environment is barely on their radar.
  • 11. Because, just like the design of the 1960s automobiles contributed to deaths, so can the design of the HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT.
  • 12. It, TOO, should first, do no harm.
  • 13. Acoustical materials to mitigate noise Unit layout to decrease walking distances Adequate space, proper lighting, and furniture to support computer tasks Access to natural light and nature Places of respite
  • 14. Private patient rooms Surface materials that are easily cleanable Proper ventilation and HVAC systems Patient room layout that provides an easy path from the bed to the bathroom Distributed nurse stations for better observation and view of patient room Non-slip flooring
  • 15. All these ideas are supported by RESEARCH that links the design of the physical environment to outcomes.
  • 16. BUT, improving the design of the physical environment is barely on their radar. Much of the research can be found HERE.
  • 17. And, there are many MORE examples. Large and small.
  • 18. This IS not ROCKET SCIENCE
  • 19. Healthcare, now it’s your turn.
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