Development of design strategies to support evacuation process of hospital buildings in united states

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Title: Development of design strategies to support evacuation process of hospital buildings in united states
Author: Kader, Sharmin
Abstract: The complete evacuation of hospital facilities is always a difficult and complex process . It has always been considered a last resort during any kind of threat . In recent years , the increasing number of manmade and natural disasters has generated a considerable interest in hospital evacuation issues , but very few studies have addressed this problem . The purpose of this study is to develop design strategies for hospital facilities to support the complete evacuation process . The following three objectives are considered for fulfilling the requirements of the study : (a ) identify the disaster threats for hospital buildings that drive the need for complete evacuation , (b ) develop an understanding of the consequences and complexities of hospital evacuation , and (c ) form the design strategies based on threat analysis , case -studies and experts ? reviews . For interpretation purposes , this study use the qualitative research with casebased reasoning approach to collect , summarize , and evaluate the recorded data . The study is only focused on design considerations of some specific parameters for hospital building evacuation design . This study provides a comprehensive assessment of bestsuited design strategies that could be adopted by healthcare architects or planners in order to develop their designs in ways that improve the hospital building evacuation process .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2328
Date: 2009-05-15

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Development of design strategies to support evacuation process of hospital buildings in united states. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2328 .

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