For a seriously ill or injured patient, admission to an intensive care room can be critical. Here, visual conditions are central to patient safety, to ensure that healthcare staff can examine, treat and monitor the patient properly.
Patients do not generally spend a great deal of time in intensive care. Instead, they are usually transferred to a specialist ward once their condition has stabilised. Many patients are unconscious during their stay in the ICU. However, regardless of the patient's condition, it is of great importance that their circadian rhythm is not disturbed. If it can be maintained, their sleep and recovery will have much better starting points.
This is why we recommend that the patient gets plenty of light during the day to reduce drowsiness and create the right conditions for a good night's sleep. During the afternoon and evening, the intensity is reduced and the light is made warmer, which stimulates the body's melatonin production. During the night, intense and cold light should be avoided to enable the patient to relax and recuperate.
Make the right decision
Today, the rooms in an intensive care unit are high-tech and connected, thanks to modern medical innovations. Intensive care rooms are designed with nursing in mind, with good access to the many medical devices and appropriate working light for healthcare staff. The lighting may need to be mounted and installed on arms, a wall or the ceiling to free up space and offer greater flexibility within the room.
A visual examination of the patient is of paramount importance when deciding on the appropriate treatment. Accordingly, we recommend a generous amount of general lighting and accurate colour reproduction. Preset levels and scenes make it easy to adapt the lighting to different scenarios and needs. Due to the nature of the care provided in the room, staff need the option of strong lighting when necessary, which normally means illuminating the bed with 1000 lux.