Caregivers have the biggest impact on the wellbeing of the patient, with every warm word, every smile and every minute they can spare. This is especially true in the ICU, a high-stress environment for patients, families, and healthcare professionals alike.
While studies show that outcomes improve when the nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1.5 or better, most hospitals still require ICU nurses to care for multiple patients at once. Effective care requires a smart design in a layout that keeps patients close and accessible.
The strategic use of glass improves visibility from a central station, and enhances the nurses’ ability to observe all their patients from anywhere in the department. Yet this area must also strike a balance between caregiver visibility, and protecting patient privacy as visitors pass through the department.
A well-designed ICU improves accessibility of work areas, storage, central stations, and patient rooms. This efficient design can streamline workflows, reduce fatigue, and enhance nurses’ effectiveness for better patient care.