Optimizing Hospital Room Layout to Reduce the Risk of Patient Falls

Sarvenaz Chaeibakhsh, Roya Novin, Tucker Hermans, Andrew Merryweather, Alan Kuntz

Abstract

Despite years of research into patient falls in hospital rooms, falls and related injuries remain a serious concern to patient safety. In this work, we formulate a gradient-free constrained optimization problem to generate and reconfigure the hospital room interior layout to minimize the risk of falls. We define a cost function built on a hospital room fall model that takes into account the supportive or hazardous effect of the patient’s surrounding objects, as well as simulated patient trajectories inside the room. We define a constraint set that ensures the functionality of the generated room layouts in addition to conforming to architectural guidelines. We solve this problem efficiently using a variant of simulated annealing. We present results for two real-world hospital room types and demonstrate a significant improvement of 18% on average in patient fall risk when compared with a traditional hospital room layout and 41% when compared with randomly generated layouts.

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in Harvard Style

Chaeibakhsh S., Novin R., Hermans T., Merryweather A. and Kuntz A. (2021). Optimizing Hospital Room Layout to Reduce the Risk of Patient Falls.In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES, ISBN 978-989-758-485-5, pages 36-48. DOI: 10.5220/0010226300360048


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icores21,
author={Sarvenaz Chaeibakhsh and Roya Novin and Tucker Hermans and Andrew Merryweather and Alan Kuntz},
title={Optimizing Hospital Room Layout to Reduce the Risk of Patient Falls},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES,},
year={2021},
pages={36-48},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010226300360048},
isbn={978-989-758-485-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES,
TI - Optimizing Hospital Room Layout to Reduce the Risk of Patient Falls
SN - 978-989-758-485-5
AU - Chaeibakhsh S.
AU - Novin R.
AU - Hermans T.
AU - Merryweather A.
AU - Kuntz A.
PY - 2021
SP - 36
EP - 48
DO - 10.5220/0010226300360048