In May 2012 the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute opened the nation’s first acuity-adjustable unit for neurosurgical patients. The patient-friendly, family-focused unit is located on the hospital’s fourth floor, which also houses the neuroscience intensive care unit.
It primarily serves patients who are recovering from brain tumor surgery.
The unit enables a patient to stay in a single room during recovery instead of moving from room to room. The room’s technologies, monitoring systems and intensity of nursing care adjust to the acuteness, or severity, of the patient’s condition. As the patient recovers, higher-level monitoring equipment can be rolled away.
The acuity-adjustable unit includes 10 patient rooms, two of which are hard-wired to accommodate epilepsy patients who require continuous monitoring for seizures. Another patient room includes a mechanized lift to serve bariatric patients. Two rooms have negative air flow for patients requiring isolation. All rooms include a pull-out bed and are designed so that a family member can stay with his or her loved one around the clock.
Also among the high-tech amenities is a purse-sized portable monitor. A patient who is ready for a walk down the hall can carry the device and continue to receive monitoring oversight.