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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: Hand Hygiene Confusion

Here’s a short post, as we can’t get the above “Hand Sanitizing Station” out of our heads. We’ve written about exactly this in a previous post (see number three: the “Advertising Mess”), but couldn’t imagine how disjointed our hospital systems’

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: How Can We Speak the Same Language When There’s So Many?

One giant barrier to health communication is the fact that as you try to reach a broader and broader audience, the chances of them speaking the same language as you plummet.  We simply can’t expect everyone to communicate in the

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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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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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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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Healthcare Graphics Need Help: How To Do Colour Codes Right

The infection control community loves colour codes.  Why shouldn’t they?  You can label a patient room with a blue sticker to show that the patient in there is currently under isolation for a gruesome antibiotic-resistant bug.  You can print out

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help – Looks Can Kill

As a saying, the phrase “if looks could kill” is usually used in the rhetorical sense.  Recently though there’s been some attention as to how this is, in fact, sometimes quite literally true. Have you seen these? If you haven’t,

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