Role of Humidity Control in Long Term Care Environments

The interesting thing about objective research is that you never know where the investigation will lead. In the case of this study of humidity control in long term care environments it led to the cancellation of the study.

This project, sponsored by the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI), was intended to address the perceived need for proper humidity control in facilities for the elderly. In the process of preparing to release the request for proposal for the study, someone suggested that an individual at NIH had already completed a comprehensive literature search. We contacted this individual to obtain his findings. He was unable to find any literature that would demonstrate a relationship between humidity control and healing or even patient well-being. Although many felt intuitively that there is a role that humidity plays in patient care for the elderly, FGI chose to withdraw the funding based on lack of sufficient evidence to proceed.

The Use of Single Patient Rooms vs. Muliple Occupancy Rooms in Acute Care Environments

The Facility Guidelines Institute funded this study. Simon Fraser University (SFU) was selected for the project, Habib Chaudhury, PhD, Assistant Professor, Gerontology Programs and Research Centre is the principal investigator.

The research questions to be addressed are:

  • In depth literature review, analysis and annotated bibliography
  • Comparative assessment and synthesis of first costs for multiple patterns of patient room configurations Pilot study: comparative assessment of first cost and operational costs of single and multiple occupancy patient rooms
  • This is a large subject and the funding for the CHER effort is limited. The research team has been asked to concentrate on issues of first cost and a comprehensive review of literature concerning single and double bed rooms. Other areas will be address as funds permit.

Coming This Fall
The research team has a deadline of November 30, 2003 and reportedly they are on target to meet this goal. The CHER Research Council will review the submission prior to starting the publication process.

Color in Healthcare Environments: A Critical Review of the Research Literature

Many healthcare providers, designers and practitioners in the field have questioned the relationship between people and color in the environment and searched for empirical reasoning for the various color guidelines in healthcare settings. The evidence-based knowledge, however, for making informed decisions regarding color application in the designed environment has been sporadic, fragmented, conflicting, anecdotal, and loosely tested.

Utilizing online searches, scanning over 3000 titles, relevant research literature is critically reviewed in the attempt to answer the following fundamental questions:

  • What is empirically known about human response to color and how, if at all, color influences human perception or behavior in a specific setting?
  • Which color design guidelines for healthcare environments, if any, have been supported by scientific research findings?

This monograph attempts to separate the common myths and realities in color studies and promises to play a stimulating role in the advances of color studies for the built environment, and more specifically in the design of healthcare settings.

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The Nature and Rate of Change in Hospital Laboratories

Clinical laboratories in the U.S. are experiencing a tremendous amount of change. Advances in information and automation systems, as well as services and point-of-care testing are influencing laboratory workplaces nationwide.

This 56-page report is a must-read for those who want to know how these changes are affecting the need for flexible building designs and furnishings.

Based on data collected from 240 clinical laboratory staff in community-based hospitals, this important study identifies trends in:

  • Testing and lab worker activities
  • Core and stat services, automation and manual processing, information systems, and robotics
  • Infrastructure, space plan, and laboratory contents

Includes recommendations for addressing flexibility in future projects:

  • Establishing zones
  • When to use fixed walls and furniture
  • Utilizing overhead power supply and data ports
  • Use of modular furniture

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Keep up with the change and order your copy today for just $50, including shipping within the USA. Available as a PDF on a PC and Mac compatible CD-ROM.


Special discounts for CHER members, schools, and libraries.