Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) serve some of the most fragile hospital patients, who need unique support for healthy development and stabilization. The variability of design within NICUs has significant planning and operational impacts. The analysis of three different planning models demonstrates their direct impact on family experience/perception, infection control, pandemic readiness, staffing considerations and acoustics, as well as families’ desire for socialization, privacy and normalcy.
Demonstrate the direct impacts of NICU design that improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of the unit's occupants.
Explain clinical staff's desires for increased peer-to-peer connections while maintaining individual areas to work and focus.
Assess safety implications both actual and perceived among the clinical staff.
Identify planning methodologies that support the fragile social structures that exist within NICU environments for families.
AIA, ACHA, LSSYB, LEED AP BD+C,