Miron Construction Case Study: Creating a Family-Centered MSICU

Posted on Aug 20, 2018 by Healthcare

Aspirus Wausau Hospital MSICUMiron Construction was the first construction company in the United States to be accredited in Evidence-Based Design. We draw on this experience to help clients create unique spaces for patients and staff. Utilizing research-based best practices in the planning and construction process helps produce measurable results.

Recently, we teamed up with Aspirus Wausau Hospital to bring to life a new vision for their Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU). Research indicates that having a family connection while in the hospital can reduce anxiety, stress, and length of stay. Armed with this knowledge, the goal was to create a healing environment that centered on family, as well as enhanced safety and security.

To accomplish this goal, we assembled multidisciplinary innovation teams (I-teams) to create an innovative MSICU concept that addressed the needs, priorities, and preferences of patients and their families. The I-teams had to overcome typical barriers such as time restraints, geographical distance, and the allowed proximity of family members within the ICU. This process led to the creation of more than 20 innovations, including adding a family care serenity space to each room. The innovations focused on five vital needs of patients: healing environment, safety and security, efficiency, respect and balance, and creative care.

For more information on the innovative MSICU project, read the case study here.

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