Windows have little effect on critically ill patients admitted to intensive care with acute brain injuries, according to US researchers, despite suggestions that natural light can aid recovery.
They assessed 789 subarachnoid haemorrhages patients, of which 455 received care in a window room and 334 in a non-window room.
The authors said: “The presence of a window in an ICU room did not improve outcomes for critically ill patients admitted to the ICU with SAH. Further studies are needed to determine whether other groups of critically ill patients…derive benefit from natural light.”
- Wunsch H, et al. The effect of window rooms on critically ill patients admitted to intensive care with subarachnoid hemorrhages 2011; Critical Care (2011) 15: R81.
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