AACN News: Canadian Hospital Receives ICU Design Award


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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to give ICU Design Citation to Canadian hospital’s ICU at 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, May 19-24

Award — co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Health — recognizes intensive care units that successfully combine functional design with humanitarian delivery of care

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 17, 2012 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will present the ICU Design Citation to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Canada, during the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, Fla., May 19-24.

Foothills receives the award to recognize the patient- and family-focused elements incorporated into the design of the new 36-bed intensive care unit that opened in April 2011 as part of its newly constructed eight-story McCaig Tower.

Individual rooms for each bed not only mean increased privacy for patients and their families, but also decreased risk of infection. With 25 meters of open space around each bed, families have sufficient room to be at the patient’s bedside — a guiding principle for the design.

Multiple “quiet rooms” and family consult spaces allow physicians to meet privately with family members and to display images explaining their loved one’s condition. Along with an expanded waiting room and kitchen areas, each of the unit’s three pods, or sections, also has a resting and sleeping area.

The coveted award — co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Mount Prospect, Ill., and the Committee on Architecture for Health of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco — recognizes intensive care units that successfully combine functional design with humanitarian care delivery.


About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020; www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme

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