Evaluation and recommendations from a study of a critical-care waiting room.
The intensive care unit (ICU) waiting room is a dynamic place that influences the satisfaction of families of critically ill patients. Waiting-room comfort and amenities are important, because families often spend a great deal of nonvisiting time there. A quality improvement evaluation of the ICU waiting room at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA, was conducted. Methods included distribution of an 18-item family survey, ethnographic observations, interviews, and assessment of the physical environment. Findings suggest that the role of the receptionist and access to food and other services were important to families and influenced their assessment of the quality of services provided by the ICU.
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Deitrick, L., Ray, D., Stern, G., Fuhrman, C., Masiado, T., Yaich, S. L., & Wasser, T. (2005). Evaluation and recommendations from a study of a critical-care waiting room. Journal For Healthcare Quality: Official Publication Of The National Association For Healthcare Quality, 27(4), 17-25.
Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty, Patient Care Services / Nursing, Patient Care Services / Nursing Faculty