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Norton Community Hospital unveils ICU upgrades

January 31st, 2014 8:50 pm by Staff report

Norton Community Hospital unveils ICU upgrades

NORTON — The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Norton Community Hospital now boasts a $3 million renovation that Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) says will make treatment and recovery optimal for patients, and will make things easier for visitors as well as hospital staff.

MSHA said 12 new patient beds automatically weigh patients and have special mattresses to help prevent skin problems. Some even have technology to help turn the patient in bed. Improvements were made to the rest of the ICU area as well, and the difference will be felt by everyone who uses the ICU, said Mark Leonard, the hospital’s vice president and chief executive officer.

“This renovation will make a big difference for our patients. The upgrades to the beds will directly improve patient outcomes, and it will be a better overall experience for the patients and their family and friends who visit them,” Leonard said.

Six of the new beds are “total care” beds that include a turn assist feature with a setting option to automatically turn a patient.

Other improvements include new furnishings for patients and visitors, a new “clean equipment” room, a new private physician dictation room to protect patient privacy, a new heating/cooling system, new windows, new doors on patient rooms with blinds between glass panes to enhance patient privacy and help with infection prevention, new head walls with oxygen and suction outlets on both sides of beds, an advanced nurse call lighting system, and badge-activated, hands-free keypads on medical and utility rooms for better service and convenience.


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