Lankenau Medical Center Debuts New Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit

Monday, September 13, 2010

Advanced technology and evidence-based design provide superior setting to match superior care

From Left: Cathy McCrosson, RN, CTICU unit council chair; Scott Goldman, MD, chairman of Surgery; Betty Craig, RN, MSN, vice president, patient care services; Loredonna Mercogliano, RN, MSHA, patient care manager, CTICU; Kyle Kramer, vice president, cardiovascular services; Mary Lance-Smith, RN, MSN patient care manager, ICU; Francis Sutter, DO, chief of cardiac surgery; Mary Beth Sedwick, RN, MSN ICU clinical nurse educator; and Jessica Nardi, RN, BSN, member of the CTICU design team. 

(Wynnewood, Pa.)—Building on a long-standing reputation for providing world-class cardiac care, Lankenau Medical Center recently unveiled its new cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) designed to enhance patient safety, comfort and healing, as well as functionality to allow medical staff to perform their jobs more efficiently. 

“We designed and built this unit specifically to the meet the needs of our patients recovering from cardiac surgery,” explained Dr. Francis Sutter, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Lankenau Medical Center. “In choosing this design, we aimed to create an environment that matches the superior quality of care that our dedicated, specially trained cardiothoracic surgery team provides to our patients every day.”

Each private patient room is equipped with the latest cardiac monitoring systems, glass doors that enhance staff visibility of the patient while promoting privacy, large picture windows for abundant natural light to assist in healing, and a dedicated family seating area. Each room is outfitted with an extra sink in the caregiver area, allowing caregivers and families alike the opportunity to hand wash – the most effective way to prevent spreading infections.  Furthermore, the beds and supplies are positioned in the same location in each room. This standardization improves patient safety by allowing caregivers to easily orient themselves each time they enter a different room. 

The 14-bed CTICU will offer comprehensive care for treatment of critically ill patients with a focus on cardiovascular care. The unit embraces the sophisticated technology and evidence-based design and architecture, offering patients a superior setting in which to recover from their procedure. Evidence-based design is a philosophy that incorporates a variety of elements, such as the use of natural light, artwork and materials that reduce stress, enhance patient safety, and promote the healing process.

“We wanted to build a facility that would provide a safe and healing atmosphere for patients and their visitors and, at the same time, increase staff efficiency and satisfaction by employing the latest technological advances in critical care medicine thereby increasing staff efficiency and satisfaction,” added Dr. Sutter.

The design of the unit was a collaborative effort over the course of many months involving physicians, administration, clinical, and support staff. According to Loredana Mercogliano, RN, MSN, patient care manager of the CTICU, the top priorities were more efficient space for staff to take care of patients, more privacy for patients, more comfortable conditions for patients' families, and improved infection control and prevention.

Among other design features, work stations near patient rooms, add to the CT ICU's overall functionality, offering closer proximity for staff and creating an improved environment for instruction and training.
“It’s an ideal working environment that was custom designed to meet the needs of our patients and staff,” added Mercogliano. “The advanced technology, bright, natural light, and a superior clinical workspace have raised the bar on the standard of care provided to cardiac patients at Lankenau.”

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