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Research on Building Design and Infection Control

By Alan Ricks | 28 Dec, 2010

The Design Framework for Health Facilities is a research project supported by the TB CAP program to develop a resource that will aid the creation and renovation of more efficient and effective healthcare facilities in resource limited settings and with an emphasis on infection control. Information will be disseminated in two forms:

1) Case Studies highlighting exemplary components of facilities
2) A framework of questions that incorporate contextual information and the impact that may have on the design.

We are looking for people who could serve as a resource as we continue to develop content. Your involvement would be two-fold: to help point us in the direction of any specific research relative to your field and help isolate facilities that could be developed as case studies. This is not intended to be a significant commitment of time or labor, rather to be a resource and at points, potentially act as an editor for specific topics relevant to your specific field.

The premise is that healthcare delivery requires a holistic approach that must include appropriately designed infrastructure. There is no single blueprint that will meet the needs of all facilities. Rather, this project will develop a process to determine the relevant variables and highlight applicable precedents to inform the development of projects.

The primary audience for the Design Framework includes architects with little medical knowledge and medical professionals with little experience with the design. However, the intent is that this information will be accessible to anyone.

The task ahead is to collect data and develop cases studies, which will help determine specific thresholds where the design interventions will necessarily change. We’ve put together a simplified outline (attached) of the five main topics we see influencing the design of a health facility. Each topic encompasses more specific subcategories that can be explored for design interventions. Following the outline is an example of how the question and answer (or rather suggestion) process would play out. In addition you may follow the link to a video, demonstrating the potential use, presentation, and scope of the project.

http://vimeo.com/16533716

If you or your colleagues feel that there is a specific category you could contribute your expertise to, or that we are missing an important issue, we welcome any feedback and collaboration. Again, this is not to serve as the finite model for healthcare design, but as a means of encouraging and promoting innovative ideas and making them more accessible to professionals.

MASS Design Group (www.massdesigngroup.org) is working with Ed Nardell and Paul Jensen to develop this resource.

If you are interested in learning more and lending your expertise please email:

Attached resource:
  • Design Framework Intro and Subjects (download, 53.9 KB)

    Summary: The Design Framework for Health Facilities is a research project supported by the TB CAP program to develop a resource that will aid the creation and renovation of more efficient and effective healthcare facilities in resource limited settings and with an emphasis on infection control. Information will be disseminated in two forms:

    1) Case Studies highlighting exemplary components of facilities
    2) A framework of questions that incorporate contextual information and the impact that may have on the design.

    We are looking for people who could serve as a resource as we continue to develop content. Your involvement would be two-fold: to help point us in the direction of any specific research relative to your field and help isolate facilities that could be developed as case studies. This is not intended to be a significant commitment of time or labor, rather to be a resource and at points, potentially act as an editor for specific topics relevant to your specific field.

    The premise is that healthcare delivery requires a holistic approach that must include appropriately designed infrastructure. There is no single blueprint that will meet the needs of all facilities. Rather, this project will develop a process to determine the relevant variables and highlight applicable precedents to inform the development of projects.

    The primary audience for the Design Framework includes architects with little medical knowledge and medical professionals with little experience with the design. However, the intent is that this information will be accessible to anyone.

    The task ahead is to collect data and develop cases studies, which will help determine specific thresholds where the design interventions will necessarily change. We’ve put together a simplified outline (attached) of the five main topics we see influencing the design of a health facility. Each topic encompasses more specific subcategories that can be explored for design interventions. Following the outline is an example of how the question and answer (or rather suggestion) process would play out. In addition you may follow the link to a video, demonstrating the potential use, presentation, and scope of the project.

    http://vimeo.com/16533716

    If you or your colleagues feel that there is a specific category you could contribute your expertise to, or that we are missing an important issue, we welcome any feedback and collaboration. Again, this is not to serve as the finite model for healthcare design, but as a means of encouraging and promoting innovative ideas and making them more accessible to professionals.

    MASS Design Group (www.massdesigngroup.org) is working with Ed Nardell and Paul Jensen to develop this resource.

    If you are interested in learning more and lending your expertise please email:

    Source: MASS Design Group

    Keywords: architecture, design, Engineering, framework, infection control, standards

 

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