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Published on March 7, 2008

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Participatory Ergonomics in Healthcare Facility Design:  Participatory Ergonomics in Healthcare Facility Design Leslie Gamble Ergonomic Specialist Nov 28, 2006 Current Reality in Acute and Residential Care:  e.g. No Lift Model of Care Current Reality in Acute and Residential Care Current Equipment Increases Space Needs:  Current Equipment Increases Space Needs Geriatric Chair 1700mm (67”) when reclined 600mm (24”) pushing space for caregiver 2280mm (90”) Current Reality in Psychiatric Settings:  Current Reality in Psychiatric Settings Cover of brochure produced by PEF Health and Safety Department, May 2006 Increased Self Harm and Violence Slide5:  How do Healthcare Architects and Facility Planners know what to design? What reference materials clearly identify the facility design considerations required to meet the current reality in healthcare? Architect Response:  Architect Response Interview results from 6 firms: past experience and input from the organization disability access guidelines 2 stated – AIA Healthcare Guidelines and Healthcare Design Magazine 0 referenced anything specific to high risk areas or the current reality Objectives:  Objectives Proactively incorporate ergonomics in facility design Assist in optimizing front line staff participation in the design process Review design from a functional and safety perspective. Staff Participation:  Staff Participation Pre/post occupancy surveys Structured site visits Comment boards Work observation Structured focus groups Mock-ups and work simulation Work flow analysis Transition planning Outcome Examples :  Outcome Examples Staff Assist Washroom 800mm (32”) clear space on either side of toilet 1500mm (5’) clear space in front of toilet Toilet in line with door 1067mm (42”) wide door Elongated neck or tank-less toilet Additional toilet roll holder behind toilet Outcome Examples:  Outcome Examples Dual Door Swing Nursing Station Security Glass Adding value:  Adding value Staff Empowerment Quality Design contribute to Quality Care Publications 2005 - 06:  Publications 2005 - 06 participatory ergonomics in healthcare (3) ergonomics in residential care facility design (2) increasing patient and staff safety in mental health areas through incorporating specific facility design considerations (3) optimizing nurse call/communication system technology (1) Upcoming Conference :  Upcoming Conference B.C. Health Authorities in con junction with OHSAH, WorksafeBC, HBT and HEABC will host: 2007 Workplace Health, Safety and Wellness Conference Research, Innovation and Practice From Compliance to Competitive Advantage Kelowna, B.C September 17-18, 2007 Contact Information:  Contact Information Leslie Gamble, Ergonomic Specialist Interior Health 210-1815 Kirschner Road Kelowna, B.C., Canada, V1Y 4N7 250-870-4782 leslie.gamble@interiorhealth.ca Web: interiorhealth.ca

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