Family-infant room(s) shall be provided within or immediately
adjacent to the NICU that allow(s) families and infants extended
private time together.
The room(s) shall have direct, private access to sink, toilet and
shower facilities, emergency call and telephone or intercom linkage
with the NICU staff, sleeping facilities for at least one parent,
and sufficient space for the infant's bed and equipment. Each room
shall also have at least four electrical outlets for use and
charging of the family's electronic devices.
The room(s) can be used for other family support, educational,
counseling, or demonstration purposes when unoccupied.
Interpretation: Access to family-infant room(s)
encourages overnight stays by parents and the infant in the NICU.
The room(s) should be sufficiently equipped and sized to accommodate
the parents, with additional space for a physician, nurse, social
worker, chaplain, or other individuals who may need to meet with the
parents and baby in private.
For security reasons, transition room(s) should be situated
within an area of controlled public access.
The number of electrical, medical gas, and suction outlets
specified will be dependent on the function(s) intended for this
Sufficient family-infant rooms should be provided to allow those
families who wish to room in with their infants the opportunity to
do so. The appropriate number of rooms will depend on each
hospital's practice pattern, the number of single infant rooms with
parent sleeping facilities, the availability of other rooms nearby,
the size of the region served, and other