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New Intensive Care unit Focuses on Safety, Family-Centered Care
On September 19, 2007 CHOC opened its brand-new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) on the sixth floor. The new unit houses 30 private rooms, increasing CHOC?s capacity to care for Orange County?s most critically ill children.
The unit is innovative in its design, featuring private patient rooms with sofa/sleep beds and separation curtains for parents; satellite nursing stations with bedside charting; and advanced equipment that gives caregivers 360-degree access to patients. Rooms for on-call physicians are also located in the unit.
The CVICU is a 12-room designated area within the PICU. It includes two fully equipped procedure rooms that enable physicians to perform lifesaving surgery on children who otherwise could not be transported.
According to Phyllis Nelson, executive director of ancillary and general services at CHOC, ?the new PICU and CVICU truly are an example of familycentered care, innovation, technology and safety coming together in the creation of a beautiful, state-of-the-art intensive care facility.?