Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. NICUs may also have intermediate or continuing care areas for babies who are not as sick but do need specialized nursing care. Some hospitals do not have the personnel or a NICU and babies must be transferred to another hospital.
Some newborn babies will require care in a NICU, and giving birth to a sick or premature baby can be quite unexpected for any parent. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and equipment in the NICU can be overwhelming. This information is provided to help you understand some of the problems of sick and premature babies. You will also find out about some of the procedures that may be needed for the care of your baby.

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Round-the-clock bedside monitoring by critical care nurses in Rushmono Specialized Hospital – which isn't possible in a regular hospital unit – is a hallmark of NICU care. Rushmono intensive care units have experience nurses to provide best services.

Which Babies Need NICU Treatment :

  • Birth at gestational age less than 37 weeks or more than 42 weeks.
  • Birth weight less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces) or over 4,000 grams (8 pounds, 13 ounces).
  • Small for gestational age.
  • Medication or resuscitation in the delivery room.
  • Birth defects.
  • Respiratory distress including rapid breathing, grunting, or apnea (stopping breathing).
  • Infection such as herpes, group B streptococcus, chlamydia.
  • Need for extra oxygen or monitoring, intravenous (IV) therapy, medications or any other infection .
  • Need for special treatment or procedures such as a blood transfusion.
  • Phototherapy for neonatal jaundice.

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