Transition of the NICU, from open ward to single bed units

Help prepare the NICU team for the transition to single bed units and engage them in defining a new way of working

The power of collaborating with Philips is that they have experience with, and knowledge of medical technology, innovation, and healthcare. They think beyond the technology and know how to engage a team in developing new work processes.”

Anke Loeffen, Care Manager

Radboudumc Amalia Children’s hospital

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Radboudumc Amalia Children's Hospital was planning to move to a new location. The biggest changes were the transition from open ward nursing to single bed units and the introduction of new technology such as care phones (mobile devices). The Amalia Children's Hospital wanted to optimally prepare its staff for this transition and closely involve them in the process of developing the new way of working. Philips was asked to assist in preparing for this transition.

Watch the video to learn from the NICU staff how Philips helped with this transition.

From open ward to single bed units, transition of the NICU

Our approach

The project was executed in phases and managed by a core team consisting of NICU nurses, Philips consultants and a consultant from Radboudumc. Our consultants began by assessing the current state by means of observations and interviews. They interviewed staff from all function groups about the current processes and the changes they could expect. The current state was visualized to illustrate to the NICU team what would change and what would remain the same.

Based on the initial assessment, six change themes were defined – Logistics, Smart Hospital, Collaboration, Working Agreements, Culture and Family Integrated Care – and these were further elaborated on in two co-creation rounds. During these sessions, which were facilitated by Philips, the team was challenged to think about the most efficient new way of working for the single bed units. In the first session, key issues were elaborated on. In the second round, the new work processes and working agreements were validated.


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New work processes

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Future-proof identity and culture

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Improved collaboration and team spirit

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Blueprint for change projects

After defining the future work processes, the lead was handed over to the Amalia Children's Hospital so they could implement the new way of working and ensure its use by the team. In preparation, the Philips consultants documented all validated work processes, roles, and tasks in a Roadbook, which each NICU staff member has on their desktop for reference purposes. Furthermore, Philips provided a blueprint for change projects within the children's hospital, which is already being used by other departments.

Philips provided a lot of structure during the preparation for the transition. This ensured that things are running smoothly in our new department. Our staff are highly satisfied and enjoy their work. I am very proud of the end result.”

Anke Loeffen, Care manager

Radboudumc Amalia Children’s hospital

Learn more about our approach and the results of this transition project by downloading the full case study.

Smart alarms

Philips also assisted the NICU team with the configuration of new technology, e.g., by configuring smart alarm limits with the use of Smart Alarm Delay that helps prevent alarm fatigue. Do you want to learn more about these smart alarms in the NICU at the Amalia Children’s hospital? Watch this video.

Smart alarms in NICU

*Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

The Amalia Children's Hospital is part of Radboudumc in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and brings together various specialties in children’s health care. Every year, around 25,000 children are admitted to the children's hospital, which specializes in complex, rare hereditary and congenital disorders. Children and their parents are actively involved in the care process. The staff of the Neonatology department treat newborns who require intensive care.

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