NICU Design Standards

These standards have been disseminated to over 25 countries and several hundred newborn ICUs, architectural firms, state planning agencies, and medical professionals. Because upgrading these standards is a continuing process, we are anxious to get your feedback regarding any changes or additions you think are important for these standards so that we can incorporate these into our discussions. In addition, we would like to know the impact these standards have on neonatal unit design and care. Please get in touch with us to let us know how you are using these standards. Email Dr. Robert White at 

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NICU Recommended Standards 2023 (326k PDF)


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