John has nearly 20 years experience providing environmental health and industrial hygiene consulting for healthcare environments. John works directly with multiple local and national healthcare systems providing consulting in environmental infection prevention and control, asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality investigations, construction health risk management and environmental health risk. John has delivered over 100 technical presentations at regional and national healthcare and industrial hygiene conferences on topics such as Legionella, infection control and construction within occupied healthcare facilities. John holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate and is a member of the American Hospital Association, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and the California Society for Healthcare Engineering.
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There are few things more stressful for you, or a friend or loved one, than to be admitted to a hospital. From when we’re very young, these cold, sprawling buildings carry the stigma of being a scary place where even scarier things happen – and it’s not easy to shake these feelings, even as adults.
Today, there’s a new reason for the “fear factor”: Changes in healthcare, skyrocketing hospitalization costs, a feeling of isolation from doctors and nurses – and yes, even an enhanced awareness of hospital-acquired infections – all conspire to send anxiety and stress levels soaring.
Yet, the presence of loved ones during the hospital stay can have some very measurable benefits to all involved. Studies conducted for both Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and The Journal of the American Medical Association show stress is reduced when a family member accompanies a patient. This reduction in stress often leads to an overall improvement in patient outcomes.