What's the current situation?
The current ICU ware at Taranaki Base Hospital has had to make some major adjustment in the last 2 years. Since the emergence of Covid, it has become apparent that more needs to be done to manage potential outbreaks of contagious disease. The current ward as a dividing wall that was put up in seven days at the start of the pandemic to allow half the ward to be shut off in negative pressure if needed. However this is a temporary solution.
- There is very little privacy between beds - often just a curtain separates critically ill patients
- The ICU was retrofitted into an existing space, rather than being planned out
- The is no private space for medical staff to discuss patient cases with family
- The ward layout is not ideal, with the first beds you come to in the ward being for those patients in comas
- There is no sound proofing between beds, so patient sleep is constantly interrupted through the night
- Rooms can not be individually shut of and put into negative pressure, meaning in the case of a contagious outbreak, large numbers of beds will become unavailable