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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: Standardization Isn’t Everything.

We just stumbled upon this slide show – it’s a summary of a project to standardize signage for infection control over a number of hospitals.  The hospital system wanted to do so in order to reduce rates of multidrug-resistant infections

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Working Together Will Take Time – Until Then, Symbols Will Recruit Help

Organizations in the United States and Canada have recently announced that their food safety regimes are “mutually formally recognized” as being “comparable” to each other, and this is huge news. It says that such co-operation – the opposite of silo-thinking

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Computers, Infection Control, and Usability: How Human Factors Can Help If We Work Together.

The field of computing has come a very long way. From basic, obscure academic theory in the 1940s to industry in the 1970s, and homes in the 1990s, they are used everywhere today – you probably have one in your

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: Design Matters

There are many things in this world that seem simple and understandable to the layperson, only to reveal their complexity and depth when studied on a more professional level. You know a cold when you have one, and to most

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We Were Right. Healthcare Graphics Do Need Help!

Yesterday was the fifth of May, which is the World Health Organization’s yearly celebration and promotion of hand hygiene and its role in saving lives. What a day it was!  There were a great many photos of healthcare workers and

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“It’s not in the budget.”

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin Despite the truth in the above adage, with a few exceptions (vaccines being one of the few) preventative measures are not prioritized in healthcare in favour of fast-acting

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: Mixed Messages

Visual communication is difficult, especially if you aren’t steeped in it every day like we are.  So difficult in fact that once again we’re using a communication from the venerable Centers for Disease Control: Today we’re talking about communicating through

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: Hand Hygiene’s Visibility Problem

If you follow our tweets or have been to our sites you’ve probably noticed that we tend to talk about hand hygiene a great deal.  It’s certainly the most common infection control intervention and it gets a great deal of

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: Order, Now!

As far as public health is concerned, effective communications reduce panic, promote life-saving interventions and above all create order. However, as evidenced by the fact we have a whole column on our blog entitled “Healthcare Graphics Need Help,” it’s very,

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: The Hospital Signage Gap

It’s about time we got another installment of Healthcare Graphics Need Help out, so let’s jump right into things.  Above are two photos of typical hospital signage.  What about them?

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