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Staff Nurse Perceptions of Open-Pod and Single Family Room NICU Designs on Work Environment and Patient Care

Neonatal intensive care units have historically been constructed as open units or multiple-bed bays, but since the 1990s, the trend has been toward single family room (SFR) units. The SFR design has been found to promote family-centered care and to … Continue reading

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The NICU Environment: Infusing Single-Family Room Benefits into the Open-Bay Setting

Abstract: Two distinct architectural designs are found in today’s NICUs—the open-bay (OPBY) and the single-family room (SFR) designs. When neonatology was recognized as a medical subspecialty in the 1970s, the OPBY design was the only platform offered to neonates and … Continue reading

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Noise in the NICU: how prevalent is it and is it a problem?

The uterine environment protects the developing fetus from loud and high-frequency sounds, enabling a gradual exposure and learned response to different sounds. For the preterm infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), this protective environment is lost and replaced … Continue reading

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