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Psychiatric intensive care units, a design for living

  • Roland Dix (a1) and Kelwyn Williams (a2)
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The psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) is now at the cutting edge of acute psychiatric care. Very little guidance has been produced to ensure that the PICU structure and design is able to meet the complex demands put upon it. The creation, development and relocation of a PICU has taken place within the Severn NHS Trust. We describe the experience gained from a recently commissioned unit together with a review of the relevant literature. Recommendations are offered for core features and design.

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Psychiatric intensive care units, a design for living

  • Roland Dix (a1) and Kelwyn Williams (a2)
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