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Patient room design: high tech considerations in ICU

In most hospitals, there are three general types of patient rooms: intensive care, step-down, and acute care.  This article provides an overview of design considerations for the adult intensive care room.  Because of the high-tech nature of the care provided, getting utilities near the patient is an important consideration.  The author has observed a trend toward use of fixed columns and movable ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted booms.  Other things mentioned in this brief article include: smart glass instead of blinds/curtains, ceiling-mounted patient lifts, remote monitoring (eICU), and intelligent patient beds.

Why I like this article: The author is with ECRI Institute, an organization that evaluates health care technology.

Source: Skreenock, J.J.  Now + forever: designing space for the high-tech patient room.  HFM. Health Facilities Management;24(8):21-23, 25, Aug. 2011.  Full text free by clicking here: http://www.hfmmagazine.com/hfmmagazine_app/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HFMMAGAZINE/Article/data/08AUG2011/0811HFM_FEA_Planning&domain=HFMMAGAZINE Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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