Case Study

Largest Paediatric Intensive Care Unit In The UK Improves Critical Communications And Patient Care

Source: Vocera Communications

Birmingham Children’s Hospital provides the widest range of health services for young patients in England’s West Midlands County and beyond. Located in Birmingham’s historic center, the 361-bed hospital serves more than 90,000 patients annually, with 34 medical specialties, a staff of 3,700, and the United Kingdom’s largest and busiest single-site paediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

When the hospital expanded its PICU in 2010, it converted an adjacent ward located behind a double door entryway. The increased space and physical separation made it harder for nurses and physicians to quickly locate colleagues with a visual scan of the unit.