Professional Profile: Megan Kalina, EDAC, CID, LEED AP

by Erica Mitchell | March 30 2015

Kalinaheader-01In a previous posts, we explored the idea of evidence-based design, the place where science and aesthetics join forces to help patients and healthcare professionals. Today's post highlights one of today's hybrid designers who is paving the way towards the hospital room of the future, Megan Kalina. This Medical Planner's ideas come to life in life-saving healthcare facilities around the country.

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You Are So Metal

by Erica Mitchell | March 25 2015

SoMetal-01When we think of metal, we tend to think of hard, heavy, durable material used to make everything from springs to skyscrapers. The discovery and use of metal was an incredible milestone in human history, representing a huge leap in tool making, paving the way to the creation of today's industry and technology. But long (very long) before our ancestors first discovered metal ores and learned how to use them, metal was already an essential part of our survival, in the form of the essential metals that help our bodies function.

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10 Resources for Patient Safety

by Erica Mitchell | March 12 2015

March 8 - 12 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Here are links to some of the excellent resources health care facilities created to participate in this important community project.

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Germs on Surfaces: From Wimps to Bullies, Part 2

by Erica Mitchell | March 11 2015


After our last post about prions, it's a comfort to learn that the rest of the germs on our countdown are able to be destroyed by cleaners! Nevertheless, each of the following germs requires careful removal to ensure a cleaner environment for vulnerable patients and individuals. 


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Germs: From Wimps to Bullies, Part 1

by Erica Mitchell | March 10 2015

germswimpsbullies-01Germs, be definition, are viruses, bacteria, spores, fungi, and prions that can make you sick. And all germs are not created alike. Not only does the category of "germs" contain any pathogenic organisms, these organisms also vary tremendously in size and susceptibility to drugs and cleansers. This next series of posts provides an overview of these different germ types and explains just how hardy they are under fire from disinfectants to sterilants. Here's the rundown in order, from the strongest to the weakest, against our arsenal of cleaners. We'll start with the biggest, baddest bully first.

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Is A Virus Living or Non-Living? Yes. Part 2

by Erica Mitchell | March 5 2015

Virus-01In our last post, we explore the basics of virus structure, makeup, size, and shape. We determined that this infectious agent had characteristics of living organisms as well as nonliving matter. Today's post brings this information closer to home - How do they infect us and make us sick?

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Is a Virus Living or Non-Living? Yes. | Part 1

by Erica Mitchell | March 4 2015

Virus-01What exactly is a virus? We know they are not susceptible to antibiotics. We know that they can cause anything from the common cold to the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. Viruses are called "infectious agents," but what are they, exactly? Turns out the answer is not simple.

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Critically Clean: An In-Depth Look

by Erica Mitchell | March 2 2015

spaulding-01-01In previous posts, we've examined the degree of cleanliness required for specific items as well as what the EPA requires to make claims about cleanliness. Today we will look at how the various items in a patient room are categorized to determine the required level and frequency of cleaning.

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