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ripchd

Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-Centered Design in the Operating Room (RIPCHD.OR)

The purpose of the multidisciplinary collaborative RIPCHD.OR project is to develop ergonomic and safe operating room designs that help improve patient safety outcomes such as surgical site infections and medical errors. The goal of the learning lab is to develop, test and implement innovative strategies to improve patient and staff safety outcomes in the operating room environment. The learning lab includes the development of a high-fidelity mock-up OR and iterative testing of components. Some of the concepts developed as part of this learning lab are being implemented in two new ambulatory surgery centers built at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. Project PI: Anjali Joseph (Clemson University), Co-PI: Scott Reeves (MUSC). Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality - Project period: 2015 to 2020
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pre-op-and-post-op

Designing Preoperative and Post-operative Workspaces

The collaborative project, funded by a gift from Haworth through the Watt Family Innovation Centre, explores key concepts driving pre-operative and post-operative design in the ambulatory settings within the context of emerging technologies. Project PI:  Anjali Joseph (Clemson University)
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waiting room

Designing Waiting Rooms in Surgical Environments

Care partners of patients undergoing surgery in an outpatient setting are expected to spend long hours in the waiting room. However, there is a paucity of research regarding the factors impacting care partners’ seating choices in outpatient surgery waiting rooms. This study utilizes virtual reality as a platform to examine the factors impacting care partners’ seating choices while enacting common tasks. Project PI:  Anjali Joseph (Clemson University). Sponsor: Gift through the Watt Family Innovation Center from Haworth - Project period: 2018 to 2020
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cu@home

CU@HOME: Developing a technology-based intervention to assess the home and community environment to prevent falls in the home and support aging in place.

The purpose of CU@Home is to understand the feasibility of using a technology-based intervention to proactively assess the home and community environment of older adults scheduled for joint replacement surgeries. Project Project PI:  Anjali Joseph (Clemson University). Sponsor: Clemson Faculty Research Development Program - Project period: 2019 to 2020
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or smart

Identifying and Reducing Errors in Perioperative Anesthesia Medication Delivery (OR SMART)

The major goal of the OR SMART project is to engineer reductions in anesthesia medication errors in operating rooms. This study uses a systems’ engineering approach to improve decision making, reduce procedural and technological vulnerabilities, and improve the work environment and culture. A highly experienced multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and engineers is using a combination of innovative techniques to address this threat to patient safety in the most comprehensive study of anesthesia medication safety systems ever conducted. Project PI: Ken Catchpole (MUSC), PI: Jake Abernathy (Johns Hopkins University), PI: David Neyens (Clemson University). Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality - Project period: 2018 to 2021
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telemedicine

Human Factors Considerations in the Design and Implementation of Telemedicine-Integrated Ambulance-based Environments for Stroke Care

This collaborative project examines the process flow, workload and usability issues associated with ambulance-based telemedicine to evaluate and provide the requisite treatment to stroke patients in transit to the hospital. Project PI: Kapil Madathil (Clemson University). Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality - Project period: 2019 to 2020
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coah

Systems Evaluation of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Rooms

The simulation team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has conducted several simulation-based evaluations of physical mock-ups as part of the design process for a new 400-bed freestanding children’s hospital. These simulations have highlighted the specific human factors and workflow challenges posed by room design, especially in critical high-risk situations. The purpose of this project is to focus on one particular high-risk patient care environment – the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) room. This study utilizes videos of simulations conducted in high-fidelity physical mock-ups of PICU:
1. To conduct a systems evaluation of the PICU room in the context of multiple scenarios associated with a high-risk patient.
2. To simulate observed workflows and disruptions in a mirrored PICU room to identify design challenges and potential solutions
Sponsor: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Project period: 2020

coah

Impact of Windows on Patient Experience

Several studies have shown that daylight has a significant impact on patients in healthcare facilities including reduced length of stay, reduced perceived pain, reduced intake of pain medication, and reduced depression. Other studies have shown that the type of window view (nature vs. non-nature) also impacts health outcomes such as perception of pain and length of stay. However, none of these published studies describe in any detail how windows should be designed and incorporated into patient rooms to achieve the maximum benefit in terms of health outcomes, patient experience and satisfaction. The purpose of this two-part study is to obtain users’ perceptions about the windows in their room during their inpatient hospital stay and to get input regarding different aspects of window design.
1. The first part of the project will involve an online survey conducted with individuals who have received inpatient care in the last one year.
2. The second part of the project involves evaluating the impact of different window/blind conditions on patients receiving care on an inpatient unit.
Sponsor: View, Inc.
Project Period: 2020-2021