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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NICU Medical Services

We provide a wide range of medical services to help your baby develop and grow properly.

Child Development
When your baby is ready to be discharged, our NICU staff will review all appointments, feedings, medications and any other concerns. Select infants will return for appointments with our multidisciplinary follow-up team. This team is composed of a Neonatologist, Neonatal Registered Nurse, Neonatal Nutritionist, Physical Therapist, and a Social Worker. This follow-up is essential for the continued thriving of babies at risk for neurodevelopmental delay.

Blood Transfusions
If your baby requires a blood transfusion, your infant’s doctor/NNP/PA will speak with you to obtain permission for the transfusion.

Eye Exams
An eye exam will be scheduled for babies born more 10 weeks early to ensure that their eyes develop normally. To continue close monitoring, follow-up eye exams are often necessary. The results of the eye exam will be provided by your baby’s care team. These eye exams are performed by an Ophthamologist.

Hearing Screening
Prior to discharge, your baby will have his or her hearing screened. Some babies may need additional hearing studies after discharge.

A Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended at birth for all infants/ your infant is born early, however, this vaccine may be delayed until the infant is one month of age or prior to discharge if he or she is less than one month old. Routine two-month immunizations will also be discussed.

Infant CPR
Trained personnel teach parents infant CPR prior to discharge of your baby.

Discharge Planning
The NICU Social Workers/Case Managers can assist in arranging follow up services such as Public Health Nurse visits, Early Intervention Programs, home nursing care or supplies and equipment if your baby is in need of any of these services.

Social Work Information
There are Social Workers here on the unit to assist you with many types of issues that may occur during your baby’s stay in the NICU. A Social Worker is available in the NICU daily during the week, during the weekend if needed we use Emergency Room Social Workers.