When designing a new intensive care unit or refitting an older ward with more modern equipment, getting it right can make a world of difference. But it can be challenging to meet the needs of all the personnel who walk through the doors every day, including nurses and technical staff members, doctors, and hospital managers.
And then there are, of course, the needs of the patients. It’s evident that all these needs can range widely. Here, neonatal care providers can find a selection of resources that focus on infrastructure solutions and design.
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Dr. Robert White from the Memorial Hospital in South Bend talks about the motivation behind building the new unit there. The primary goal? To create an inviting space for the parents to welcome them and encourage them to participate in the care of their newborns.
This mom got to experience both units in the Memorial Hospital in South Bend: the previous open bay style and the new single family room set up. The new design was specifically created to be more welcoming for parents and allow them to take on a bigger role in the care of their baby. Listen as she talks about her experience.
Dr. Robert White walks us through the new unit at South Bend Memorial Hospital. Throughout the tour he shows us a lot of the new features they incorporated into the unit to make it a better place for babies, parents and staff. The space is just as welcoming as it is impressive. Take a look!
What are the 3 things you must consider when it comes to noise control and NICU design? At the time of this interview, Dr. Robert White and his team had just opened their brand new unit at South Bend Memorial Hospital and he has excellent advice for anyone building or remodeling a NICU in order to create the best possible sound environment to support the development of your preemies.
Designing and building a new NICU with single family rooms. Hear about the process, challenges and learnings directly from a neonatologist, nurse and architect who were a part of the core team at the Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
Lynne Wilson-Orr provides her expert insights and contributions to this NICU design. She talks about her role within this team, how the project evolved and what she learned along the way.
Learn how the “Agostino Gemelli” University Hospital in Rome rebuilt and reequipped their unit from the ground up. A lot of the success is attributed to a partnership with a manufacturer in the beginning of the planning process. Now staff and parents are very happy with the new unit which opened in 2013.
The annual Gravens Conference on the Physical and Environmental Development of the High-Risk Infant. Stay tuned here for next year's event.