Design Guidelines for Light and Noise Management in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Rosana Sanz-Segura, Eduardo Manchado-Perez, Maria Pilar Ferrer-Duce, Delia Gonzalez de la Cuesta, Elif Özcan

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Abstract

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) are environments with a high level of sensory stress. Medical advances and technology have contributed to increase the ratio of survival of premature infants but some devices and practices expose these babies to excessive noise and toxic sensory stimuli for which they are not prepared. This is related to an increase of neonatal morbidities, that are considered as minor sequelae, but that can greatly alter the life of the child and the family. Those responsible for hospital management and caregivers who want to take a step forward, need standards to guarantee the benefit of neonatal health and a proper physical and cognitive development of these babies. Design activity, from a Human-Centered Design approach (HCD), together with Developmental Centered Care (DC) contribute to identify and reduce adverse environmental conditions for newborns and premature infants. The purpose of this paper is to establish a method to provide design recommendations and good practice guidelines from evidence and especially from in-situ observations carried out in neonatal units by a multidisciplinary team (i.e., nurses, NICU supervisors and designers). Thus, we identify proposals to reduce stress situations and obtain potential benefits in the development of the hospitalized infant through adaptation of the NICU macroenvironment (i.e. the reduction of light and noise).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Design Engineering - Proceedings of the 29th International Congress, INGEGRAF 2019
EditorsFrancisco Cavas-Martínez, Paz Morer Camo, Félix Sanz-Adan, Ruben Lostado Lorza, Jacinto Santamaría Peña
PublisherSpringer Open
Pages284-293
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030411992
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event29th International conference on the Digital Transformation in the Graphic Engineering, INGEGRAF 2019 - Logroño, Spain
Duration: 20 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364

Conference

Conference29th International conference on the Digital Transformation in the Graphic Engineering, INGEGRAF 2019
CountrySpain
CityLogroño
Period20/06/1921/06/19

Keywords

  • Alarm fatigue
  • Design guidelines
  • Human-Centered Design
  • NICU

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