|On The Mark
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New Intensive Care Unit Focuses on Safety, Family-Centered Care
This fall, CHOC is opening its brand-new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) on the 6th floor. The new unit houses 30 private rooms?increasing CHOC?s capacity to care for Orange County?s most critically ill children.
Designed in calming shades of green, the unit was created with the family foremost, and encourages interaction between parents and caregivers in a peaceful, healing environment. The unit is innovative in its design, featuring private patient rooms with sleep/sofa beds and separation curtains for parents, satellite nursing stations with bedside charting throughout the unit, and advanced equipment that gives caregivers 360 degree access to patients. Sleeping rooms for on-call physicians are also located on the unit.
The CVICU is a 12-room designated area adjacent to the PICU. It includes two fully-equipped procedure rooms that enable physicians to perform lifesaving surgery on children who otherwise could not be transported out of the unit. All of the CVICU rooms are outfitted with leading-edge technology equal to the demands of monitoring children after complex operations.
Technological advances are already being made in CHOC?s PICU and CVICU. For example, CHOC is only one of a handful of hospitals in the world using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to track oxygen uptake after surgery?a crucial indicator of a patient?s progress. And, telemedicine links and robotic monitoring with local emergency rooms and hospitals allow quick and accurate diagnoses and enable physicians to conduct rounds from remote locations.
In addition, physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists in the PICU, CVICU and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) perform daily rounds together, working as members of a single team. This innovate approach to making rounds greatly improves the quality of patient care, since many PICU patients are seen in all three intensive care units.
According to Phyllis Nelson, Executive Director of Ancillary and General Services at CHOC, ?the new PICU and CVICU truly exemplify familycentered care, innovation, technology and safety coming together in the creation of a beautiful, state-of-the-art intensive care facility.?