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Ergonomic Assessment

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Ergonomic Assessment Tool

Within the ambulatory care environment, healthcare organizations are challenged to address the rapidly advancing technological demands associated with electronic health records (EHR) when building new facilities or renovating existing infrastructures. The Clemson Healthcare Work System Ergonomic Assessment Toolkit is a tool for evaluating the ergonomics of alternative computer workstation configurations within the broader context of the ambulatory work system which they are placed. The toolkit provides guidance for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of varying applications of technology integration into ambulatory workspaces to support evidence-based design decisions. 

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Safe OR Design Tool

The Safe OR Design Tool is grounded in the work that has been conducted as part of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded Patient Safety Learning Lab (PSLL) titled Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-Centered Design in the Operating Room (RIPCHD.OR). The tool provides an opportunity to interact with components in an OR environment through a 3D model. The web interface also allows users to explore design strategies and their associated desired outcomes for a series of design elements commonly found in OR environments. Additionally, users of the tool may filter design strategies by type and access citations associated with each design strategy. This tool can also support multiple stakeholders in understanding how the built environment can be leveraged to increase safety in the OR.

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Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool (ACCDT)

The Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool (ACCDT) builds upon a series of papers, best practice case studies and in-depth literature reviews conducted by Center for Health Design (CHD) as well as CHD's Clinic Design Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit – Tool 2 Audit of Physical Environment with additions from a thesis by Crews (2013). The tool is organized around three main spatial categories: building exterior, building interior, and community spaces. A set of 13 design goals that are critical for the design of the ambulatory care centers have been identified based on previously conducted literature reviews and case studies. The tool provides design features that can be prioritized based on the goals, agreements, limitations, or decisions of the design team.