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R E S E AR C H E R

ZORANA MATIC´
Graduate researcher, SimTigrate Design Lab, Georgia
Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
WHO SHE IS: As part of the SimTigrate Design Lab at Georgia Tech, Zorana
Matić, MArch, PhD (C), is deeply engaged in the healthcare field through several projects, leveraging her expertise in spatial analysis and mock-up-based
simulation. Her research focuses on links between the built environment and
health, and how design affects behavioral choices and health outcomes. Specifically, she's spent several years researching the design of biocontainment units
and co-authoring several publications on how design can influence both staff
safety and patient experience in these environments.
YEAR IN REVIEW: In 2019, Matić led the SimTigrate research team working with
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, helping the organization in evaluating and
refining the design of its personal protective equipment (PPE) doffing space in
six biocontainment units that will go into a new bed tower planned to open in
2025. By integrating evidence, simulation, observation, rapid prototyping, and
co-design with the end users, the team developed a layout that supports better staff communication, greater efficiency, and safer behavior. The work, informed by a 2015 multidisciplinary research program Matić was involved with
in response to the Ebola outbreak of 2014, resulted in the white paper "Design
Strategies for Biocontainment Units: Creating Safer Environments" that summarizes the years of research and communicates design best practices identified. For example, floor demarcations helped orient healthcare workers on
where to stand during doffing, and color-coded zones (red/hot, yellow/warm,
green/cold) indicated the risk of contamination and made it easier for staff to
follow a unidirectional flow. Floor demarcation also prevented staff from inadvertently leaving the doffing area and stepping back into contaminated areas.
Additionally, in September 2019, Matić co-authored a publication that underscores the role of design in supporting staff safety, "Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units to Reduce Risk During Doffing of High-level Personal Protective Equipment," published in the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
She's also delivered talks on the topic to further disseminate the lessons she's
learned. Meanwhile, with an expected graduation date in 2022, she's focusing
her thesis on the bigger picture of design for health, exploring how design affects behavioral choices and how individuals perceive and use health-related
outdoor resources in the Atlanta area.
INDUSTRY IMPACT: As the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,
concerns regarding the safety of healthcare workers persist, particularly on
the frontlines of care delivery. The safe doffing of PPE has proven to be a critical piece of that puzzle, as Matić found in her research that's now helping to
inform design strategies for coronavirus treatment spaces. The effort illustrates how collaboration between researchers, designers, and clinicians can
solve critical problems. And Matić's work, specifically-based on Ebola, translated to COVID-19, and applicable for any infectious disease scenario-demonstrates the potential long-range value of such efforts.

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Healthcare Design - September 2020

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Healthcare Design - September 2020
Show Talk
Photo Tour
Editorial
Connecting Point
First Look
The Hcd 10
Way Finding Signaling a Safe Return
Products Potlight Building Products
The Center
Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Intro
Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Healthcare Design - September 2020
Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Cover2
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Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Show Talk
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Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Photo Tour
Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Editorial
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Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Connecting Point
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Healthcare Design - September 2020 - First Look
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Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Way Finding Signaling a Safe Return
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Healthcare Design - September 2020 - Products Potlight Building Products
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