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A closer look at the ICU

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ICU design elements

Neighborhood of care concept
Each 12 bed neighborhood of care is being built to allow for a high level of patient care self-sufficiency. Each neighborhood of care has two medication rooms and one nourishment room that will minimize travel by nurses to obtain medications and supplies that they need for the patient. Each room in each neighborhood of care will have a fully stocked pass through nurse server that keeps disposable supplies at point of use for the nurses.

Pass through nurse servers
This innovative design will allow materials management to stock high use disposable supplies from the hallway for use in the patient room. This design allows the material management staff to do their work without having to enter the patients’ room and either interrupt a patient resting or the delivery of care.

Charting alcoves for LOS (line of sight) to patient head
Safety was a key guiding principle in the design of the unit. By charting in dedicated nurse alcoves (one per wo rooms), nurses are able to chart without disturbing patients while still having line of sight to patients in two rooms.

Open core concept
Safety was a key guiding principle in the design of the unit. Every design element from the height of the desks for drop down charting stations to the height of station end cabs was considered to avoid having anything built too taller where it could hinder line of sight to patients and other caregivers.

One place feeling the growing pains of the Central Oregon region most acutely is the St. Charles Bend Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which last year transferred more than 90 patients out of the area for lack of beds.

The tower, once open, will make it possible for more of our patients to receive care close to home. The second floor of the tower will house 24 state-of-the art ICU rooms, which represents a net gain of six beds.

Overall, the new ICU will be much bigger, not just in number of beds but in square footage as well.

Built in 1991, our current 10,000-square-foot, 18-bed ICU has undersized rooms that become overcrowded with caregivers and equipment in critical situations. By today’s standards, our ICU rooms are 44 percent too small.

In contrast, our new ICU will be just under 30,000 square feet. The rooms will be 50 percent bigger, and each will have a bathroom and space for family members to room in, creating a more healing environment for our patients.

Designed by a team of more than 50 caregivers representing areas such as rehabilitation, ICU, IMCU and wound ostomy, the new ICU maximizes space and gets rid of clutter in hallways in order to improve line of sight with patients and decrease the risk of injury to caregivers.

Much of the equipment needed in each room, for instance, will be mounted to the headwall. Charting was factored into the floorplan, so nurses will be able to chart at height-adjustable desks in dedicated nursing alcoves rather than disrupting the flow of traffic in hallways. And Pyxis dispensers will be relocated to secure medication rooms, giving caregivers a quiet space to draw medications.

Other highlights of the new ICU include:

  • Lifts and slings in every room
  • Digital signage outside each room that auto-populates with information from our EMR
  • Pass-through nurse server to make supplies easier to access