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PATIENT ROOM DESIGN: Tips on acuity-adaptable units

Representatives from six hospitals that operate acuity-adaptable units were interviewed about how these units were implemented.  The hospitals included three academic medical centers, one heart hospital, and two community hospitals.  Cardiology was identified as the type of unit best suited to the acuity-adaptable unit concept because of the relatively predictable nature of the patient care needs.  Managers who are implementing new acuity-adaptable units must pay careful attention to organizational culture issues.  This is a lengthy scholarly article with lots of pragmatic tips.

Source: Zimring, C., and Seo, H-B.  Making acuity-adaptable units work: lessons from the field.  HERD. Health Environments Research & Design Journal;5(3):115-128, Spring 2012.  Click here to view the publisher’s website: http://www.herdjournal.com/ME2/Default.asp  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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