Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) looks after newborn babies who need special care. A Neonatal ICU isn’t run in the same way as an ordinary care unit. A lot of special equipment is used, for example, to monitor and support the babies’ ‘vital functions’, such as pulse, breathing, blood pressure and temperature. The nurse who is looking after your baby operates the equipment. In hospitals, precautions always have to be taken to prevent infection. This is especially important at the Neonatal ICU, because the newborn babies we care for have less resistance to infection. You then need to disinfect your hands with the alcohol rub and let them dry in the air.
Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) have specially trained professionals:
Intensive-care nurses undergo intensive didactic and clinical orientation in addition to their general nursing knowledge in order to provide highly specialized care for critical patients. Their competencies include the administration of high-risk medications, management of high-acuity patients requiring ventilator support, surgical care, resuscitation, advanced interventions such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or hypothermia therapy for neonatal encephalopathy procedures, as well as chronic-care management or lower acuity cares associated with premature infants such as feeding intolerance, phototherapy, or administering antibiotics.
NICU Facilities Treat Preterm and Sick Babies: