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Recommended standards for newborn ICU design, eighth edition


This is the eighth edition of the Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design. It contains substantive changes in recommendations for patient room size and feeding preparation areas, and a number of refinements of previous Recommended Standards with respect to family space, hand hygiene, lighting and other aspects of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) design.

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This publication has been sponsored by Lifespan Healthcare LLC, Philips Healthcare and Pediatrix Medical Group. The sponsoring entities for this publication had no involvement in the preparation or alteration of the manuscript.

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RDW is employed by Pediatrix and is owner of WhiteBriar Corporation. JAS and MMS declare no conflict of interest.

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White, R., Smith, J., Shepley, M. et al. Recommended standards for newborn ICU design, eighth edition. J Perinatol 33 (Suppl 1), S2–S16 (2013).

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  • single-family room
  • NICU lighting
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