Parkland Health & Hospital System, a county hospital in Dallas, Texas, has finished constructing patient rooms for the Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU) in the acute care tower of a new hospital.
The newly constructed rooms are spacious, measuring 260ft², an 85% increase from the smaller rooms currently shared in the BICU.
The rooms also have the facility for the patient’s guests to visit and are equipped with all modern day amenities, such as shelves with electric outlets for guests to charge electronic devices.
The special isolation rooms equipped with the burn unit uses negative air pressure to keep contaminants and pathogens from reaching other patients, staff and visitors.
Each isolation room includes a wash room to provide a space for caregivers and family members to wash up before and after entering the room.
The new Parkland Burn Center will encompass 12 intensive care and 18 acute care beds, while the current centre will include nine intensive care and 17 acute care beds.
New Parkland Construction senior vice president Lou Saksen said the space for a large television screen is positioned on the wall in front of the patient’s bed.
"The space was designed and wired to accommodate the ever-changing technology for communicating with patients," Saksen added.
"A whiteboard will be positioned over the TV screen so nurses can write their names and other important information for their patients."
The Parkland hospital is anticipated to be completed in August 2014 and open to the public in early 2015.
Established in 1962, the Parkland Burn Center is the second largest civilian burn centre in the US, providing care to more than 1,600 patients each year.
Parkland’s Burn Center is verified by a joint programme of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Parkland Health & Hospital System operates a 672-bed hospital, 11 primary care clinics and many outreach and educational programmes.