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ICU Design Strategies that Foster Improved Nursing Staff Teamwork and Patient Care

When: March 19, 2024
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Where: PDC Summit, San Diego, California United States


The Center for Health Design has joined with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) as a strategic educational collaborator and Supporting Organization for the annual PDC Summit.

At this year’s Summit The Center will produce and present a pre-conference evidence-based design workshop and a 12-session educational track – Research, Design and Outcomes – featuring recent work from The Center’s research team; Aging, Behavioral Health, Pediatric and Built Environment Networks; the HERD Journal, AAHID and other familiar and new healthcare design industry leaders. 

You’ll find these sessions here on the PDC Summit website – click on the Category drop-down menu and select The Center for Health Design Sessions.


Because intensive care units function best when staffed with cohesive teams, teamwork is critical to the successful delivery of care in an ICU, and to the care of the nursing staff responsible for that delivery. 

What role does design play in fostering teamwork and ultimately producing improved health, safety wellness and productivity outcomes for both patients and staff?

In this session, attendees will hear the results of a recent research study that examined the implications of various ICU designs on nursing staff work experience in order to better understand the relationships between ICU layouts and nurse perceptions of teamwork.

A national sample of nurses was invited to participate in an online survey that asked respondents to select their unit layout from a variety of unit graphics and answer questions about patient and coworker visibility, teamwork and taking breaks. Researchers explored relationships between variables with the overarching goal of providing information to health care leaders, design professionals and the nursing profession to inform ICU design and operations. 

Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of ICU nurse teamwork and ideas for how the built environment can impact this important aspect of care delivery. 







Exclusive Offer for All Affiliate Members

All Center for Health Design Affiliate members receive a $200 discount on 2024 PDC Summit registration. Contact us for discount code and more information.


Learning Objectives

  • Summarize challenges to the intensive care unit (ICU) workforce. 
  • Describe the importance of teamwork to ICU care delivery. 
  • Appraise design strategies in the context of ICU teamwork. 
  • Design features that support both staff and patient needs.


Presenting Faculty

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC

Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design




Yolanda Keys, PhD, DHA, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC

Research Associate
The Center for Health Design