The new critical care services unit is one of the largest in the nation, measuring 56,000 SF. The multi-specialty patient care unit consists of 40 critical-care and 16 step-down beds, encompassing neurosurgery, cardiology, medicine, surgery, trauma and cardiothoracic surgery. The $27 million project was financed by bonds issued by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
The new facility brings together all critical care specialties on a single floor, provides state-of-the-art therapeutic environment and ensures that seriously ill patients receive the best possible treatment.
The critical care pavilion at BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTER is the first major installation of an overhead delivery system for critical care services in New York City, and places Bellevue among the largest installations in emerging medical technology in the country. Overhead delivery systems provide state-of-the-art services for such things as IV, suction and electrical to be attached to the ceiling and can swivel 360 degrees to allow ease of use and better comfort for the patient.
In the four corners of the critical care pavilion exist large nursing care station, outfitted with computerized radiology imaging equipment, critical-care central-monitoring systems and patient-charting and Information systems. There are 24 satellite nursing-care stations, one for every two patient-rooms, provided with patient-charting and information systems. Additionally, there are numerous patient waiting rooms and family discussion rooms.
Each patient room has a computerized charting system that records and archives all vital signs, laboratory results, patient's history, pharmaceutical orders and pictorial archival computerized system (PACS). Along the corridors, installed wireless computers allow the care givers to securely access patient information. Wireless computers on carts perform similar functions while caregivers are on rounds.