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Patient Room Considerations in the Intensive Care Unit: Caregiver, Patient, Family

Evans, Jennie RN, BS, LEED AP, EDAC, Lean Six Sigma CE; Reyers, Evelyn AIA, LEED AP, Lean Six Sigma CE

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000007
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The Patient Room is one of the most important and costly rooms in the design of an inpatient bed unit. As a result, the patient room mock-up requires knowledge of the components that inform the patient room environment. This article provides the intensive care nurse with questions about patient care processes and unit policies that should be considered in a mock-up. The mock-up outcome should align with the project's goals and objectives of the health care system, infuse the principles of evidence-based design, and ensure that the design accommodates the best workflow for the patient population that will be served. The template will serve as a guide to evaluate the various features of the patient room and for the mock-up discussion between the nurse and the architect.

HKS, Inc, Dallas, Texas (Mss Evans and Reyers); and Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, Dallas, Texas (Ms Evans).

Correspondence: Jennie Evans, RN, BS, LEED AP, EDAC, Lean Six Sigma CE, HKS, Inc, 350 N Saint Paul St, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75201 (jevans@hksinc.com).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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