With experience on five complex NICU renovations and expansion projects in the past six years, HCM has identified several design considerations that prioritize patient-centered care and family involvement. By engaging our clinical strategists to collaborate with nursing staff early in the design process, we develop evidence-based facility solutions that support efficient and effective clinical operations. Learn more about this from HCM’s Rhonda Wyskiel, RN, MSN and Tracey Graham, DNP.
- Provide private rooms to support in-rooming for families and allow for more direct and personal rounding. Click for Research
- Position family areas, doors, and windows to provide visual privacy and control for promoting skin-to-skin contact and lactation support. Click for Research
- Provide individualized controls for lighting, sounds, and views to nature to address the complex variety of patient types and concerns. Click for Research
- Define zones for clean, dirty and other nursing care in the room without interfering with family zones.
- Create communal and private family spaces to allow for multiple levels of interaction and support.
- Include space for staff to find respite and meaningful interaction with teammates away from direct patient care. Click for Research
- Locate nursing work areas and patient care spaces correctly to minimize unnecessary patient movement and excess travel distance.
- Run tests and drills to develop a change management plan to help staff feel prepared and ready for transition.