The new ‘woman & child center’, from large incubator space to seperate rooms
On April 6, the Spaarne Gasthuis celebrated the official opening of the new Woman & Child center. The center works with a family-oriented care philosophy. This means that mother and child will no longer be seperated after birth. Not even if one or both of them need extra care. Mother and baby can stay together in fully equipped suites. Research has shown that this is essential for attachment. In the children’s ward, too, the starting point is that parents participate in care and are closely involved in the treatment.
In the old situation, nurses entered a room with incubators and there was an overview of all patients. The individual rooms require remote monitoring. Alarms from medical equipment must arrive on the handset of a nurse. All medical care for wife and child are united; pediatrics, neonatology, gynecology and obstetrics have been brought close together. Alarms from monitors, incubators, the nurse call system and smart optical and acoustic sensors are forwarded to smartphones with the IQ Messenger software. The assignment for nurses (of these alarms to smartphones) had to be simple and easily accessible.
Mothers and babies are no longer separated in the new department. A disadvantage of this care concept is that there is less overview than in the former open department.
Bart Titulaer, Clinical Physicist at Spaarne Gasthuis, says:
“Babies from 32 weeks stay here, this is the “normal neonatology”, where no ventilation is needed. Nurses want to be in control of what happens, suddenly it can get worse with a baby or mother. It is difficult to predict this. This used to be easier to estimate because you could see the parents and children. This requires the distribution of monitors, incubators and nurse call alarms to an intelligent app for alerting on a smartphone, namely the IQ Messenger SmartApp.”