Project Hospital: Mock Patient Room Showcases Effect of Room Design on Patient Safety

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Adverse drug events can not only extend the hospital stays of elderly adults, but also place them at risk for serious complications and even death. In separate stories in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, two hospitals approach this problem from very different perspectives. First, a New Jersey hospital has constructed a mock hospital room to study the effect of room design on patient safety and care delivery. See what they learned about judicious placement of health IT in the hospital room.

And in Boston, a tweak by hospital researchers to physicians’ CPOE systems also reduced medication-related dangers for older patients.

Also this week, we present the latest benchmarks in reducing avoidable ER visits, gleaned from respondents to our July 2010 e-survey.

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