Arizona hospitals planning more private rooms for premature babies

  1. arizona hospitals planning more private rooms for premature babies

    phoenix children's hospital is on track to build 76 more private rooms for premature babies at banner good samaritan medical center, and banner desert medical center is proposing rooms as well, joining a wave of hospitals nationwide doing away with large, noisy neonatal intensive care units in favor of more peaceful, nursery-like settings.

    arizona republic, dec. 2, 2005
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Sounds like a really great concept to me.
  4. by   Q.
    I think that would be wonderful.

    The NICU where my twins stayed for a month was semi-private, in that they were housed in a "pod" that contained 4 other NICU babies. Considering the NICU as a whole could hold 30 babies, this was a great option. We could pull the curtains around our section and have some privacy to nurse or bond. But just behind the curtain was another baby who would be alarming, or family members visiting. Likewise, when we were getting ready for discharge and testing the apnea monitors, the alarms were disturbing to a newly admitted 24 weeker who was on a vent.

    I think preemies need to have private rooms - not only for privacy for the parents/family but also to maintain a quiet, dark environment.
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Sounds good.
  6. by   fergus51
    I like semi private rooms. Private doesn't really work well for the very sick babies because I like to be able to see them at all times. Our unit is INSANELY loud. Even the nurses complain, so I'm sure the babies don't love it. I always say the only benefit is that our babies will sleep through any noise when they get home.
  7. by   geekgolightly
    are these private rooms ok for moms to sleep with their babies? with a sidebar bed? if so, its the best thing ive ever heard.