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UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital PICU design honored

Apr 10, 2018

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The hospital’s focus on patient- and family-centered care is apparent throughout the unit, including architectural elements, décor, floor plan and room design


ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – April 10, 2018 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will present the ICU Design Citation to the pediatric intensive care unit/pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PICU/PCICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, during the 2018 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Boston, May 21-24.

The PICU is on Level 3 of the hospital’s new 14-floor building, which opened in February 2017 and is located on the University of Iowa Health Care campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The hospital’s focus on patient- and family-centered care is apparent throughout the unit, including architectural elements, décor, floor plan and room design.

The floor has 28 private patient rooms, including 14 designated for cardiac ICU patients. In addition, several rooms are equipped for specific needs, such as EEG monitoring, teleICU, positive pressure airflow and isolation rooms. Two rooms on Level 3 feature portable lifts, reinforced bathroom fixtures, increased bed capacity and other special equipment for bariatric patients. An extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) storage room provides quick access to this specialized equipment when needed.

Each patient room is divided into three areas with dedicated zones for the patient, family and care team. Clear sliding doors form the entrance to each room, giving the care team a clear line of sight to the patient for monitoring, with bathrooms and private space for the family at the back of each room.

Overhead booms allow the care team to instantly position monitors, lights and medical gas outlets precisely where they need them. Patient recommendations led to a touchscreen TV being located on the boom, allowing the patient to see it even when lying flat.

Each room also features a special lighting fixture known as Drew’s Lamp, which was inspired by a former patient to provide entertainment and distraction. Controlled by the patient using a bedside remote, Drew’s Lamp has 11 settings that allow patients to control how they want to illuminate the seven colorful cubes mounted on the wall.

The Ronald McDonald House Family Room is designed as a “home away from home” for families, allowing them to remain close to their children and includes a kitchenette, dining area and living room. Hot meals are served every evening, and food is also available for breakfast and lunch at no cost to the families. Other Ronald McDonald House rooms include a lounge, parent respite room, sleep room and a shower suite.

The offstage area on Level 3 includes offices, storage, service elevators and other behind-the-scenes areas. Patient elevators, also offstage, allow patients to be transported between floors privately.

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

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, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and has more than 200 chapters throughout the United States. 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, CA 92656-4109; 949-362-2000; www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme