Yearly Archives: 2014

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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Why did we make the Infection Control Symbol Package?

So…. why did we make the Infection Control Symbol Package? Because there was nothing there.

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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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Healthcare Graphics Need Help – Minnesota?

In our last column, we took  a look at a variety of Hand Hygiene posters used by large health organizations, and what they could do to better communicate.  To summarize, the lesson we learned is that simply writing “hand hygiene”

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New Guest Post – Hand Hygiene Needs its Golden Arches

We’ve been asked again to post at Deb Group’s Hand Hygiene Blog, where we continue from where we left off.  In our earlier guest post we talked about the benefits of getting the general public involved in infection prevention and

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Healthcare Graphics Need Help – Hand Hygiene Graphics Reviewed

The original intent of this column was to showcase how graphic design could improve healthcare practices, without resorting to criticism.  We’re not going to do that today. It’s simply that without all the pieces of the puzzle it’s impossible to

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