Our state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) enables us to provide the highest quality care to newborn babies as young as 25-weeks of age and when extra medical care is needed. Located next to Baby Suites, our maternity wing, the NICU cares for the smallest patients in our hospital providing new mothers with peace of mind during their labor and delivery.
The NICU medical team consists of Nemours Neonatologists (intensive care), compassionate and warm NICU nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, case managers and social workers. The high security NICU has a family room for the immediate family and a sleeping room for discharged new mothers needing a nap while they are visiting their baby at the hospital.
Our NICU offers the most advanced technology available to caring for newborns. Specialized equipment includes cardiac monitors, infusion pumps, respiratory monitors, ventilators and built in scales to constantly monitor your baby's progress. Whatever needs your new baby has, we are here to help and support you and your family.
What to Expect
If your new baby needs to be admitted to Osceola Regional Medical Center's NICU, we realize that this will be an emotional time for you and your family. Please be assured that our state-of-the-art Level III NICU enables us to provide the highest quality care to your baby. Our specially trained staff will explain the intensive care routine and procedures to you. We will make every effort to keep you informed about your baby's condition and answer the many questions that you may have. We are here to care for your baby and your family during a difficult time.
Admitting Your Baby
We ask that you and your family wait in your room or the waiting room while your baby is being admitted to the NICU. It may take some time before you may visit your baby while the doctor and the NICU staff are examining and stabilizing your baby. These procedures sometimes take a long time, however, once the NICU team has completed their assessment of your baby's condition and medical needs, you and your family will be reunited and the NICU team will explain the care that will be given.
The NICU team consists of:
- intensive care doctors (neonatologists)
- specialized consulting physicians
- nurse practitioner
- neonatal intensive care nurses
- respiratory therapists
- radiology technicians
- ultrasound technicians
- case managers
- social workers
Your baby's wellbeing is our first priority. We understand that it is stressful for you and your family to have your baby in the NICU. We will do whatever we can to assist you. Please share your questions and concerns with us. When it comes to the health of your baby, there are never too many questions.
To prevent infection, we require all visitors to do a complete hand washing before entering the unit. It is important that you remove all jewelry (watches, rings and bracelets), wash your hands and put on a protective gown. If you have a cold or think you may be getting sick, please ask for a facemask before entering the unit. Please refrain from visiting if you have a fever or are contagious.
The latest in NICU technology is available to your baby. Specialized equipment includes:
- Cardiac (heart) monitor: This monitor displays the baby's heart rate and rhythm.
- Infusion pump: If your baby needs intravenous therapy or medications, a pump will be used to deliver the exact amount of fluid needed.
- Respiratory (breathing) monitor: If your baby is on oxygen therapy, he or she may need one or more monitors to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood.
- Ventilator: Many babies in the NICU have difficulty breathing. Oxygen is given through a clear plastic domed hood (oxyhood) that is placed over the baby's head. The ventilator will help your baby breathe and supply oxygen at the same time. The ventilator is attached to a small tube placed in the baby's trachea (windpipe).
Please feel free to ask our staff any questions you have about the equipment used on your baby. We are here to help and support you and your family.
Please note: All of our machines are equipped with alarms to let us know if they come loose or need to be adjusted. If you hear an alarm, please remain calm; a nurse will be with you promptly. Your baby's nurse will reset the equipment.
To promote bonding with your baby, we encourage parents and grandparents to visit at any time. The exceptions to this are during physician rounds or shift change (6:30am - 7:30am and 6:30pm - 7:30pm) and any time the baby's condition warrants.
Due to the nature of our intensive care unit, we request that bedside visits be limited to two family members at a time. Please restrict visits to your baby's bedside only. Big brothers and sisters may visit. However, they should be age two and older. In order to keep our babies safe and healthy, siblings with a cold, fever, runny nose, open cut or sore will not be permitted to visit the unit.
At times, it is necessary for the doctors or nurses to be at your baby's bedside for a prolonged period. At these times, visitation may need to be interrupted. We ask for your cooperation and understanding that it is in your baby's best interest when specialized care is given.
Toys and Personal Items
We encourage you to bring a music box or family photographs for your baby. We will label them and place them in the baby's isolette in a clear bag.