Calgary Hospitals ICU Recognized for Combining Functional Design with Humanitarian Delivery of Care

Newswise The American Association of CriticalCare Nurses AACN will present the ICU Design Citation to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary Canada during the 2012 National Teaching Institute amp Critical Care Exposition Orlando Fla May 1924
Foothills receives the award to recognize the patient and familyfocused elements incorporated into the design of the new 36bed intensive care unit that opened in April 2011 as part of its newly constructed eightstory McCaig Tower
Individual rooms for each bed not only mean increased privacy for patients and their families but also decreased risk of infection With 25 meters of open space around each bed families have sufficient room to be at the patients bedside a guiding principle for the design
Multiple quiet rooms and family consult spaces allow physicians to meet privately with family members and to display images explaining their loved ones condition Along with an expanded waiting room and kitchen areas each of the units three pods or sections also has a resting and sleeping area
The coveted award cosponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine Mount Prospect Ill and the Committee on Architecture for Health of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco recognizes intensive care units that successfully combine functional design with humanitarian care delivery
About the National Teaching Institute amp Critical Care Exposition Established in 1974 AACNs National Teaching Institute amp Critical Care Exposition NTI represents the worlds 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 CriticalCare Nurses Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo Calif the American Association of CriticalCare Nurses AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world AACN joins together the interests of more than 500000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide The organizations 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

Date : 18 May, 2012
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