Neonatology : Neonatology Clinical Services

Schatzi Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The section of the NICU that cares for the very smallest and sickest babies (NICU-A) was recently renovated to better enable the delivery of state-of-the-art care while providing a more comforting environment for patients and their families. The new layout and facilities include an expanded nursing station, a dedicated satellite pharmacy that serves just these smallest children, computerized x-ray viewing areas, and a comfortable parent counseling room so parents can meet doctors in privacy without having to leave the unit.

Several features of the NICU-A serve to ensure an environment where optimal clinical care is combined with family involvement and with internationally recognized clinical research and training. The location of the Newborn ICU immediately adjacent to the Labor and Delivery area enables a multidisciplinary team approach to complex perinatal problems, beginning with prenatal care and delivery room management, and providing a smooth transition to the neonatal intensive care unit. As part of a comprehensive pediatric program, we are able to provide seamless surgical intervention and care from other pediatric specialists for complex conditions. The NICU has state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities, such as:

  • Whole body hypothermia
  • Modalities of mechanical ventilation:
    • High frequency ventilation.
    • Pulmonary physiology laboratory.
    • Nitric oxide therapy.

    In addition, the comprehensive ECMO program provides treatment for infants with meconium aspiration syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension, infection and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.