Hospital 'PONTE' Neonatal Care Division

In the intensive care department, the newborn "loses" the world in which he was living, and is forced to separate from his mother, but even if highly immature, he is able to relate to its environment. The model to be imitated in the department design, is represented, as far as possible, from the intrauterine environment, and since the sensory channels that are more stimulated, in the neonatal intensive care unit, are hearing and sight, that physiologically ripen late, the architectural design of the department must pay particular attention to the presence of light coming through the windows, to the artificial light that does not respect the rhythms of day/night and not conducive to the maturation of circadian rhythms, and to the levels of noise, reducing it by using sound absorbing materials. The humanization of the rooms, mainly obtained using colors, wants to avoid the sense of strangeness to the parents, to whom the department should be always opened, considering them as the main "care providers" of their infants, that should not be absolutely "left alone".
2001 VARESE - IT