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What's next
The PESL team has big plans for the lab in 2014. In
addition to the educational sessions on tap, members
are working with a graduate industrial design studio
from Georgia Tech to inspire more innovative products

and continue collecting feedback from NICU parents
and clinicians. Technology displayed in the lab will be
explored further, such as the usefulness of a webcam
system for multiple functions and custom sound masking as a design intervention strategy in the NICU environment. An update of the findings will be presented in
future lab sessions. More information on this project is
available at patientcentereddesign.org and simtigrate.
gatech.edu. HCD

A family lounge alcove in
the lab provides space for
each pod of single-family
NICU rooms.
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able postpartum moms to lean closer to the incubator
while seated.
The NICU model also included a communal space off
the corridor, which could be shared by several families
in pods of six to 12 rooms. A prominent goal of singlefamily rooms is to promote privacy, but not isolation. This
shared space, equipped with sound-masking technology
to minimize noise disruptions, was designed to promote
interaction between families. It can also provide a space
for larger families to visit and gather, while enabling parents to remain close to their baby.
While design decisions were made in accordance
with the evidence, the materials used also allowed for
a playful nursery theme using silhouettes from nature,
which also responds to research suggesting views of
nature reduce stress and anxiety. The team used the
solid surface casework, flooring, and custom window
shades as a canvas to convey the theme, which showcases a butterfly garden pattern.

Tammy Smith Thompson, NCARB, EDAC, is president
of the Institute for Patient-Centered Design. She can
be reached at tthompson@patientcentereddesign.org.
Megan Denham, MAEd, is a research faculty member at
SimTigrate Design Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology. She can be reached at megan.denham@coa.
gatech.edu.

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