Friday, November 28, 2008

Man in Space

The NICU often reminds me of the manned space program, with the dense screens giving mission control detailed information about the status of the astronauts-cum-patients. It's nothing like a trading desk, because of the enforced darkness and quiet. (Well, maybe that's what trading desks look like now). The center of all the attention is the isolette, the enclosed crib that contains the astronaut. I think if you click on the picture below you'll get to see an annotated image of Max's isolette where I've tried to label every feature.

Most mysteriously, the isolette controls are in German. The word "feuchtigkeit" will never just mean "humidity" to me again--I'll always associated it with hours spent at mission control.

The Isolette