Rockford Memorial opens newly remodeled Step-Down Intensive Care Unit

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Rockford Memorial Hospital, 2400 N. Rockton Ave., hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of its newly remodeled Step-Down Intensive Care Unit (SDICU). The 20-bed, 6,950-square-foot unit features the latest in patient care technology and is designed to improve the quality of care and enhance the patient experience.

SDICU specializes in treating patients whose medical conditions do not warrant Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission, but are too complex for a general hospital floor. These include adult patients with acute conditions related to cardiac, respiratory, neurological, hemodynamic compromised conditions, and more. SDICU also cares for pre- and post-operative patients and performs advanced, invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

In the new unit, patients will benefit from increased observation. One central nurse’s station with two remote pods brings staff closer to patients. Observation windows at the nursing pods provide direct views for patients needing advanced monitoring, while screened windows at doors allow staff to check on patients without disturbing them.

The patient experience is improved with single-occupancy rooms that maintain patient privacy and provide for more individualized care. Rubber flooring reduces cart and foot traffic noise, while acoustical ceilings absorb sound. A sound-masking system improves the unit’s overall comfort. Motion lighting in the rooms assists patients when they get up at night and helps prevent falls.”

Additional features provide increased efficiencies that improve patient care. An automated nurse call system measures time spent with patients and assesses response times for patient calls.

Design features keep needed supplies close at hand, allowing nurses more time with patients.

Dan Parod, senior vice president of hospital and administrative affairs at Rockford Memorial, noted: “At Rockford Health System, we focus a lot on quality of care and continuous improvement. It’s what defines us as organization and makes us who we are. The renovation of the SDICU is a perfect example of that continuous improvement. This isn’t just new wallpaper, fresh paint and new flooring. This is a well-researched project that involved analyzing data, investigating best practices, and utilizing design concepts aimed at efficiencies and sound reduction. Our architectural department worked closely with the floor nurses and the contractors to design and build a unit that makes a difference.”

Posted May 28, 2014

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