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Bottom of Glass Lites in Doors Now 43 inches Maximum Above Floor

Both the ADA and ICC A117.1 now require that the bottom on vision panels in doors or sidelights be no more than 43″ above the floor.  This requirement has been overlooked in several sets of drawings we have reviewed recently.  Complying with this requirement is complicated by the fact that this lite may now conflict […]

Applications of Color Temperature Options with LED Lighting

“Warm white” and “Cool white” have been standard colors of fluorescent lighting for decades.  The maturation of LED light sources now give us many more choices in the colors of light we use in buildings.  Some fixtures allow the occupants to manually select the color they want and the use of wall-washing or ceiling-washing fixtures […]

Expanding Our View of Mental Health

Expanding Our View of Mental Health. by Sara Millburn, MHCL This article makes a great case for integrated care in the world of primary care practice.  Among the salient points made are the following: About half of all mental health care for common psychiatric disorders (like depression and anxiety) is provided in primary care settings. […]

Behavioral Health Clinic in a Wallmart store

Beacon Health Options has launched Beacon Care Services’ first outpatient mental health clinic location inside a Walmart store in Carrollton, Texas.  This is the first of several planned retail locations for these services which will provide convenient  neighborhood access and evening hours to work with patients’ schedules. The title of the article is “Beacon brings […]

TJC Incidence and Method of Suicide in Hospitals – 2018 Study

The Joint Commission’s (TJC) newly released study of the Incidence and Method of Suicide in Hospitals is a very comprehensive review of data available from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) for hospital related incidents and The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Database.  It disproves the often quoted study that concluded […]

Study of Falls in Psychiatric Inpatient Units

Sara Baramzadeh, PhD, MArch et-al published a study in 2018 in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association to determine the built environment’s influence on falls by inpatients in psychiatric hospitals.  Their conclusion was that “The physical environment plays an often-unexamined role in fall events and and specific locations.”  Read the full study here: Bayramzadeh-et-al-Psychiatric-falls

5 Levels of Inpatient Safety Risk Study

Sara Baramzadeh, PhD, MArch published an independent study in 2017 in the Health Environments Research and Design Journal to determine if the Five Levels of Safety framework is an accurate way of evaluating the levels of risk of the various areas of inpatient psychiatric units.   This concept has been included in every edition of the […]