A Study of Intra-NICU Patient Transfers

NICUs with private/semi-private patient rooms are becoming more common in the US, a model believed to support of developmental care and optimize patient outcomes. However, new considerations must be made in regards to intra-NICU patient transfers. Data from adult intensive care units suggest that patients and families perceive intra-facility transfers as disruptive and stressful. In this study, we are exploring the frequency, causes and staff/family perceptions of intra-NICU patient transfers.

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