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Clin Perinatol. 2004 Jun;31(2):353-82, ix.

Designing the neonatal intensive care unit for optimal family involvement.

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Institute for Family-Centered Care, 7900 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 405, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.


The design of a new neonatal intensive care unit provides an opportunity to ensure that the new facility best meets the needs of the infants and families whom the unit serves. In design planning,administrators, staff, family members, and the architect must work together in a self-education process that entails examining current design standards, exploring exemplary facilities at other institutions,defining the priorities and needs of infants, families, and staff, and deciding how to respond to them. The involvement of family members in this important work can help ensure that the facility is responsive to families and supports the family as the primary caregiver and decision maker for the infant. Such an environment will lead to improved health and developmental outcomes for infants and greater family and staff satisfaction.

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