Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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A helping hand when your baby needs one.
The birth of a baby is one of the greatest miracles. And when they need a helping hand as they come into this world, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is there for them with a compassionate team of NICU specialists backed by the most advanced technologies and care available.
When your baby is born early, you can trust that your baby is in very capable hands. Staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a specially trained team, our NICU has a legacy of successfully treating premature and sick babies. Our team consists of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists. Supporting them are specialists in a wide range of disciplines, each ready to answer the call. Of course, you’re at the center of this team, armed with all the information you need to make informed decisions as needed. You are also encouraged to be with your baby as much as possible, spending time cuddling and nurturing this new addition to your family.
Our NICU features leading edge technologies, including nitric oxide therapy, hypothermia management, neonatal/pediatric surgical suites, surfacant therapy, neonatal respiratory program, a dedicated parent lounge and family-friendly baby rooms and waiting areas, filled with movies for other members of your family. Additionally, Child Life personnel will meet and assist with siblings of patients.
At Florida Hospital for Children, there is a feeling of unbridled hope that every child who comes through our doors has the chance to live a full and healthy life. We see miracles happen every day, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our medical professionals, amazing advances in medicine, and the tremendous power of prayer.
Dedicated Neonatal Transport
If your child is transported from another hospital, a team of specially trained registered nurses and respiratory therapists is dispatched to accompany your child to Florida Hospital for Children. The care provided en route is identical to that of the NICU, as the transport team is in constant communication with us before, during and after transport by ambulance or Florida Flight I, our emergency air-medical transport service. Over 400 critical infants from regional hospitals are transported into the Florida Hospital for Children NICU each year.
Nitric Oxide Therapy
Nitric oxide may be administered to increase the levels of oxygen in the baby’s blood and reduce the need for invasive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in critically ill infants.
Hypothermia Management of Hypoxic-ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Whole-body cooling is used to reduce the severity of brain damage in newborns diagnosed with asphyxiated brain injuries related to HIE.