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Same-handed vs. Mirrored Inpatient Unit Configuration

WHITEPAPER: Same-handed vs. Mirrored Inpatient Unit Configuration.

While there is a lot of discussion around the potential for improvements in patient safety and operational efficiencies in healthcare settings, most studies that cite safety and efficiencies from standardized environments are from other industries.  To date only a few studies have specifically looked at same-handedness in inpatient units and conclusions related to their impact on patient safety and cognitive effort among staff are inconclusive.

This Tactical Report outlines:
– Summaries of recent studies on same-handed inpatient unit configurations
– Key takeaways for inpatient unit design

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