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New state-of-the-art Cardiac ICU opening

Features of the new unit
What Works Better: Clinical Care
  • In-room display of electronic medical record
  • Two computers in each room for physicians and nurses
  • Technology that provides real-time updates of personalized medical record data, allowing providers to focus on care
  • at the bedside
  • Extra large rooms designed to accommodate long-term patients, such as those needing transplants
  • Environment and airflow similar to an operating room to allow for bedside procedures, if necessary
  • Locked medications at bedside for safer, more efficient care
  • Remote EEG and video monitoring capabilities

Thinking Bigger, Thinking Differently: Research and Learning
  • Designated simulation room for real-time teaching through high-fidelity simulation
  • Research-based monitoring of vital organs, including the brain to preserve neurological function and optimize long-term outcomes for patients
  • Currently conducting more than a dozen federally funded research protocols, including some focused on neuroprotection
  • All rooms equipped with cameras to study process improvements and team organization
  • Baier media room for distance learning and consultations, utilizing optimal multi-media and 3D displays

Never Forgetting Who We Are Caring For:
Family-Centered Design

  • Private rooms with sweeping views of Washington, DC, the Capitol building, and national monuments
  • Two full sleep surfaces in each room
  • Showers, washers and dryers, lactation rooms, and rest area for families
  • Dual handset translator phones
  • Separate televisions for parents and patients, including the GetWell Network, Internet access, and on-demand videos and games
  • An area just for siblings to play and prepare with Child Life Specialists for their visit in the unit

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