Mounting evidence favoring single-family room neonatal intensive care

Abstract. Controversy regarding the optimal design for neonatal intensive care has existed for more than 20 years. Recent evidence confirms that in comparison with the traditional open-bay design, the single-room facility provides for improved control of excessive noise and light, improved staff and parental satisfaction with care and equal, or possibly reduced, cost of care. Single-room care was not associated with any increase in adverse outcomes. To optimize long term developmental outcomes, single-room care must be augmented with appropriate developmental therapy and programs to actively support parental involvement.

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Dennis C. Stevens, MD, 1600 West, 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57117, USA. Tel.: +1 605 312 1050; Fax: +1 605 312 1008;