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As 2011 comes to a close, ASHE would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ASHE Building Health a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 5.

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The future is now: How 10 forces are changing health care design
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March 24 issue - Health care industry professionals who believe the political outcome of the reform debate alone will have a dramatic influence on the future of design and construction of health care facilities are sadly mistaken. The mid- and long-term future for design professionals, their clients and communities will be determined to a far greater extent by trends that are already underway and which, for better or worse, will be modified only minimally by the outcome of the political process.
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Deadline extended to Jan. 6 to feature your health care design projects in ASHE's Architecture for Health Gallery and Compendium
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Dec. 22 issue - Sign up today and share your vision of health care with more than 12,000 senior health care leaders and other decision makers. Increase your exposure as you show senior health care leaders and decision-makers your firm's health care design capabilities by being in both the on-site Gallery and the published Compendium. The Gallery of Architecture for Health is one of the most highly visited areas on the exhibit floor at the PDC Summit and the ASHE Annual Conference. With more than 2,800 people at each conference, your projects will be viewed by nearly 6,000 potential clients. The Compendium of Architecture for Health™ is a print publication that provides photographs and detailed information about your project(s). This year, the Compendium has been expanded in order for you to provide detailed information about your project and your firm. A copy of the Compendium will be given on-site to each PDC and Annual Conference attendee, and mailed to each AHA member hospital CEO…enabling you to reach more than 12,000 potential clients! Showcase your projects and provide detailed information to potential clients by being a part of this premier Architecture for Health venue. Click here to access a brochure with complete information.


Use of electronic-eye faucets in health care facilities
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Apr. 7 issue - Recent news stories about the potential for a higher occurrence of Legionella spp. in electronic-eye faucets may be raising some concern among infection preventionists and clinical staff in many health care organizations. The information being publicized came from a limited investigation of water faucets conducted by the Johns Hopkins Hospital and presented at the 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) in Dallas on April 2, 2011. An abstract of the study results, titled Electronic-Eye Faucets: Help or Hindrance to Infection Control and Prevention, is included below.

In light of the passion health care staff members have for protecting patients from infection, there may be a rush to recommend removal of electronic-eye faucets from health care facilities. However, because the Johns Hopkins study found no actual infections or disease transmissions (the information about Legionella came simply from culturing of the faucets), ASHE is recommending that ASHE/AHA members await more information on the Johns Hopkins investigation before removing electronic-eye faucets. Making wholesale changes to faucets before more is known about the science of the investigation, its evidence has been peer reviewed, and experts have had a chance to develop a well-thought-out course of action could cause more harm than good.

ASHE and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) are working to prepare an article providing perspectives on the publicized Johns Hopkins Hospital study. Please watch for this article, which should be available soon.
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Ready for tomorrow: 6 critical areas of emergency power management
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Feb. 3 issue - An emergency power (EP) system's role in patient safety is critical to hospitals and regulators. Each hospital EP system must power what the health care facility needs, when and for as long as it needs it. That is a tall order and one that likely will become more complicated as new requirements and technologies increase the demands on these systems. So, how can hospitals prepare for these challenges? What measures should they take? Of what dangers should they be aware? These questions can be answered by exploring and analyzing six critical areas of emergency power management.
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    Tread lightly: Maintaining a durable and attractive hospital floor
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    March 31 issue - In many hospitals and clinics, few people notice the floor as long as it looks good. However, the floor plays a primary role not only in a guest's first impression of a health care facility, but also in the overall work environment. As the number of available flooring materials has increased, the ability to tailor a floor to achieve a desired look and feel has risen dramatically.
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    2011 Hospital Building Report - Shifting Priorities
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    Feb. 10 issue - A careful frugality has taken long-term root in the aftermath of the recession and credit clampdown that jolted the industry out of its decade-long buildup two years ago. No true building bust has followed the boom, thanks to all the work that already was in progress. Access to capital is improving. But organizations are loathe to resume old spending habits in the face of broad uncertainty about the changing nature of health care, not just the halting economic recovery. More

    Helpful hues: The role of color in health care lighting
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    Sept. 29 issue - Health care interior environments include a number of elements that must work together to create a healing space. There are many regional and cultural variables about which a designer can make educated generalizations, but how patients and staff react to these elements are out of a designer's control.
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    Greening the Operating Room initiative rolls forward with additional hospitals joining effort to green nation's operating rooms
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    March 10 issue - A growing number of hospitals are joining Practice Greenhealth's Greening the Operating RoomTM Initiative. Launched in 2010, the Greening the ORTM Initiative is raising the awareness of the huge contribution made by operating rooms to a hospital's waste stream, which can produce between 20 and 30 percent of a hospital's total waste.
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    Registration opens for 2012 PDC Summit
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    Nov. 23 issue - Registration is now open for the 2012 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction™ (PDC). The PDC Summit brings together senior leaders from hospitals, architecture firms, and construction companies focused on advancing the health care physical environment. The PDC Summit provides outstanding networking opportunities, ACHA hospital tours, peer-reviewed programming, and sessions from renowned health care leaders. Among the highlights of this year's session are timely updates, the lessons learned from the Joplin, Mo., tornado, hospital and care systems of the future, proposed updates to the FGI Guidelines, and commissioning. Early bird rates are available for those who register now at www.pdcsummit.org.

    2011 Hospital security survey: Maximum protection - Spending remains a priority amid hospital safety challenges
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    Oct. 20 issue - Maybe the more pervasive, instantaneous media coverage of shootings and other violence in and around the nation's hospitals has raised awareness of security threats. Or, perhaps, it's the more brazen acts of aggression against physicians, nurses and other staff by patients and family members that recently has caught the nation's attention.
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    Light on the wallet: 10 steps for upgrading a lighting system for energy savings
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    Aug. 25 issue - It's estimated that hospitals use the most energy on a square-foot basis of any building type and that lighting comprises about 16 percent of the total load. What's more, it's likely to be a higher percentage in older facilities.
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