"For the patients, it will allow their family to stay with them 24/7," she said. "It will also be much quieter, which will help with healing and allow them to get the rest that they need -- whereas, with two patients, we may be working with one while the other is trying to sleep, so it made it very difficult."
Nichols said the new rooms also will allow the unit to keep all of its beds open. In the past, a patient with a communicable infection would need to be quarantined in a room and, with four double-rooms with eight beds, the old ICU was ill-equipped to handle such a situation, she said.
"One of the main points is the private rooms, which create an atmosphere with a single patient in a room and decreases the risk of spreading infection to other patients," said Sara Spencer, the hospital's infection-control nurse. "That's one of the biggest things about having these private rooms -- that risk is greatly decreased."
According to Spencer, there are nearly 50 hand-sanitizer stations in the ICU, with four in each room, as well as several in the nurses' station and waiting area. Another feature of the new ICU is its break room, which Spencer said is a welcome addition for nurses who spend a large part of their time in the ICU, one of the hospital's more tasking units.
"I'm an old ICU nurse from years ago, so it's nice to have a little place to get out of the way and just take a break," she said. "ICU is kind of high pressure, and it can be stressful."
In addition to the 10 ICU beds, CAMC-Teays Valley has 66 patient beds and employs more than 100 doctors and nearly 400 nurses and clinical staff. For more information, visit www.camc.org/tvh.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.