Introduction

The design of an intensive care unit (ICU) must cater for the special needs of managing critically ill patients and comply with the standards of local regulatory bodies. A design and commissioning team should consist of critical care specialists, critical care nurses, administrators, and architects and engineers who are familiar with building hospitals. Input should also be sought from other disciplines (e.g. medicine, surgery, pediatrics, anesthesiology, infectious diseases, biochemistry, radiology, physiotherapy, and pharmacy) and from patient representative groups. The specific function of the ICU must first be determined and established, i.e. what level of care will it provide and whether it is to be a multidisciplinary or single-discipline unit ( FiCA.NZCA.1994; Oh 1997). As intensive care medicine continues to evolve, some currently accepted guidelines for the design of ICUs (FJCANZCA.1.994; ICS 1994; SCCMJ995) may change.

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