Carolina Medical Center

Administrators, Claims Reps, and Customer Service: The Forgotten Healthcare Workers

Healthcare Saftey

Without a doubt, healthcare facilities are among the most dangerous workplaces in the United States.  Healthcare workers are about 25% more likely to be injured on the job than the average American worker, and are especially likely to suffer violent assaults while on the job. But violence in healthcare doesn’t just target emergency room nurses and pharmacists.  Billing representative, benefit consultants, …


Protecting Pharmacists with Custom Physical Barriers

Healthcare Saftey, Pharmacy Security

According to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, “Pharmacy robbery is a serious and growing problem. … [R]obberies of pharmacies in the United States increased 82 percent from 2006 to 2011.”  The report’s authors hasten to add that this phenomenon is not limited to the United States.  There are similar trends …


LEED® Green Building Program for Healthcare Facilities

Architect Info, Healthcare Saftey

It was once perceived that the more technical a hospital appeared, the better it was received by patients and visitors. More recent evaluations, however, have proven that a stronger emphasis on the patient experience – by creating a warm, inviting atmosphere with access to outdoor spaces and natural light — builds more confidence in the minds of the patients and …


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Green Bullet Proof Barriers for Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare Saftey

Sixty-five percent of hospitals and health systems are specifying green or environmentally friendly materials in all or some of their current construction or renovation projects.” Unfortunately, even as hospitals are continuing to pursue greener buildings and LEED ratings, the bullet proof materials industry has lagged behind, offering few options with enhanced R-values, thermal breaks, gas fills, or meaningful insulation.


Patient Room

Hospital Design Affects Healing

Architect Info, Healthcare Saftey

While the architectural design of the building is probably not top of mind while sitting in a hospital emergency room or resting in labor & delivery, a lot of decision-making goes into ensuring that a patient’s stay is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. In a situation where minutes can mean life or death, the general layout of a hospital …


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Three Kinds of Ballistic Barriers for Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare Saftey

The 2015 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) note that “Healthcare and social service workers face a significant risk of job-related violence.” According to OSHA, about 10% of all workplace injuries are assaults—and roughly 75% of all workplace assaults are suffered by healthcare workers. One quarter …