Designing for Sustainability and Health & Well-Being

    Watch this webinar to get to know about The ‘ICU of the Future’ which is a project done by The Prince Charles Hospital Critical Care Research Group (CCRG).
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    Creating the ICU of the Future


    The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) is the leading cardiothoracic hospital in Australia and provides specialized care for over 420,000 people per year. It has a strong focus on research, education, and innovation.


    The TPCH Critical Care Research Group (CCRG), is a world leader in the field of critical care research and biomedical engineering


    The ‘ICU of the Future’ is a project done by the Critical Care Research Group (CCRG). Investigating the common and ongoing physical, cognitive, and psychological complications that patients commonly experience after leaving the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the project team (supported by The Common Good, an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) realized that traditional ICU designs, focusing on clinical efficiencies, contribute to these preventable adverse patient outcomes. The ICU of the Future project is therefore focusing on ensuring that ICUs are designed around the needs of the patient, including their need for a quiet and optimized healing environment, allowing them to get sufficient rest and sleep while in ICU, be comfortable, and remain connected to their families through innovative technologies. The goal is to improve short- and long-term patient outcomes by overcoming the environmental challenges in the ICU that negatively impact patient recovery, while optimizing clinical efficiencies.


    As part of the new ICU design, the project team sought a lighting solution that could optimise patient outcomes. As there were no windows in the bedspaces, the lighting solution had to assist patients maintain their circadian rhythm (and therefore assist them sleep better at night), provide a comfortable nocturnal environment (while allowing staff to perform essential clinical duties), offer easily controllable settings and user interfaces, and be delivered as an all-in-one solution for easy on-site deployment.


    A comprehensive, multi-brand solution from Signify, including Color Kinetics, was selected to meet the complex requirements of the project. Color Kinetics Luminous Textile LED lighting panels were selected for their unique distraction therapy capabilities, including the ability to display calming video imagery, day and night scenes, and provide sound absorption to minimize the profound impact that the excessive noise levels commonly experienced in ICU has on patients. The panels were mounted on the ceiling in one of the rooms directly over the bed and are controlled with an on-board Luminous Textile controller integrated with a Philips Dynalite System through Philips Dynalite PDEG.


    Completed in December 2022 and going live in January 2023, the innovative project was implemented in two rooms of the TPCH ICU - a first of its kind worldwide. The TPCH CCRG and QUT (Queensland University of Technology) will assess the light quality and quantity of this project and conduct extensive testing on site to ensure all the parameters have been implemented correctly to maximize patient benefits. The next step of the project will involve continuous sharing and examination of the data collected over the coming years about the performance of the project, the lighting solution, and most importantly their impact on patients, family, and staff.


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    Learning objectives:


    • Describe the goals of the "ICU of the Future" project, to improve patient outcomes.
    • Explain the challenges faced by patients and how the design of ICUs can impact these outcomes.
    • Identify the key features of the lighting solution selected for the project.
    • Analyze the role of distraction therapy in improving patient outcomes.

    Presented by

    Rene Wegh

    Professor John Fraser

    Founder & CMO, De Motu Cordis | Founder & Director, Critical Care Research Group | ICU Director, St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital | Co-Founder, BiVACOR Pty Ltd

    Peter Duine
    Oystein Tronstad 
    Project manager ICU of the future



    Founder & CMO, De Motu Cordis | Founder & Director, Critical Care Research Group | ICU Director, St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital | Co-Founder, BiVACOR Pty Ltd

    Established in 2004, the Critical Care Research Group (CCRG) is Australia’s largest multi- disciplinary critical care research facility.


    In January 2020, Fraser founded the COVID-19 Critical Care Consortium with colleagues A/Prof Gianluigi LiBassi and Dr Jacky Suen. The Consortium facilitates the systematic collection of aggregate data from COVID-19 ICU patients to assist ICU clinicians in deciding treatment pathways for their patients.


    John has five professorships across major Australian universities, has published over 550 peer-reviewed publications; received more than AUD41million in competitive grants.


    In 2018, John was awarded the Australian Society of Medical Research Clinical Research Award.


    John continues his work as a Chief Investigator on Wellcome Trust grants to improve outcomes in children with pneumonia in resource-poor countries.



    Oystein Tronstad graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Queensland in 2002. He is a physiotherapy clinical lead at The Prince Charles Hospital with extensive critical care clinical and research experience. He is currently the project manager for the ICU of the Future project investigating how the ICU environment and design is affecting patient outcomes, aiming to redesign the ICU bed space environment.

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