New sinks were designed especially for baby bath time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at new Parkland. They support the baby in a reclining position making it easier for parents and staff to ensure the safety of the baby during bath time.
One of the very special moments for new parents is the baby’s first bath. However, it can be a challenging process if you don’t have the right equipment. Parents or staff must cradle the baby with one hand and try to wash and adjust the water with the other. Or, an extra insert must be added to support the baby, allowing the baby to rest on a sloped surface while the parent or staff washes the baby.
“Newborns need to be supported during the bath and are slippery when wet,” said Paula Turicchi, Senior Vice President of WISH. “Traditional sinks are awkwardly shaped for newborn baths.”
The benefits of the custom-designed sinks support Parkland’s goal for providing safe and quality health care, for all patients. Eliminating the baby bathtub insert is safer and more efficient, Paula said.
“After the bath, there is no extra equipment dripping water onto the floor during cleaning and drying; no storage space required for the inserts; and no trash if the inserts become damaged or unusable,” Paula said. “When baths are finished, the sinks can be used as normal for hand washing.”