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1st Edition

Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care

ISBN 9780415639224
Published April 30, 2014 by Routledge
272 Pages 118 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care provides an overview of the design and research issues associated with the development of environments for pediatric and neonatal intensive care. This is the first and only book dedicated to this topic and was created to support individuals interested in developing and studying critical care environments for children and their families.

In addition to a detailed analysis of the literature from research and practice, the author provides a summary of the historical development of critical care for infants and children, and information regarding the role of PICUs and NICUs in the critical care system. A discussion of current codes and future trends is also provided.

Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care includes essays from prominent voices in the field ranging from inspired young architects and researchers to world-renowned healthcare design and research icons. Illustrations of work that has been identified as exemplary or representative of recent directions are included, which will help those planning new or remodeled projects to identify and examine precedents.

This book is intended to help designers and researchers enhance healing environments for young patients in critical care settings and provide information in support of the families and staff who provide care for these children and infants.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Part 1: Better Design for Better Outcomes  1. The Role of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care in Healthcare Delivery  2. Definition and History of Pediatric Intensive Care Environments  3. Definition and History of Neonatal Intensive Care Environments  Part 2: The Physical Setting  4. PICU and NICU Design  Part 3: Research and Guidelines on Persons and the Environment  5. PICU and NICU Design Research  6. Design Guidelines  Part 4: The Future of Design and Research  7. Future of Design and Design Research  Conclusion  Index

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Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, LEED AP, is a Professor of Architecture  and Director of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University. A registered architect with 25-years of experience in practice, her books include Design for Critical Care, and Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners.


'Planning for a new pediatric or neonatal ICU is daunting for most clinicians. Few have prior experience, and the skills needed are far different from those they use on a regular basis. Until now, the accumulated wisdom available to them from others who have gone through the planning process has been incomplete, inconsistent, and at times even inaccurate. With the publication of Mardelle Shepley's Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care, this void has been filled in remarkable fashion.

A first attempt to address such a complex issue tends to be rudimentary in areas where the author(s) may not have expertise. But Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care excels in every area. Form and function, design as well as operational issues which might impact design are considered by experts from every relevant discipline, with an international perspective.

Clinicians now have a superb resource to guide them through the planning process for a new ICU, and many babies, families, and caregivers will benefit as a result.' - Bob White, Director, Regional Newborn Program, Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN.