I am currently employed in an ICU that has 8 ICU beds and 3 PCU beds. Our unit is going to be renovated next year to include 7 new beds for a total of 18 beds. Our staff has been asked to recommend any suggestions that we feel would enhance the new unit. The problem is that most of us have never worked or have been in contact with other ICU units, so this limits our input on new inovative styles.
We have made suggestions of more space and of a more "nurse friendly storage unit", but we need input from other units as to what changes will be useful and helpful. Our unit is located in a rural county hospital that has a total of 140 beds. We are the only critical care unit, which means we handle the following type of cases: Respitory (ventilators), MI's , CVA's, Surgical and any other cases that the physician's feel are to sick to be on a medical floor.
Any advice would be appreciated.