With the availability of neonatal intensive care, the outcomes for high-risk infant cases may include preterm newborns, newborns with serious surgical or medical conditions. The upgraded classification of neonatal care consists of basic care (level 1), specialty care (level2), and subspecialty intensive care (level3, level4).
Level 2: Special New Born Care Unit(SNCU)
Any facility with more than 3000 deliveries per year should have an SNCU. NICU Level II is divided into two categories – IIA and IIB (this division is done on the basis of their ability to provide assisted ventilation). Level IIA nurseries don’t have the capabilities to provide the assisted ventilation except on an interim basis until and unless the infant is being transferred to the higher level facility. Level IIB nurseries provide mechanical ventilation for brief durations of up to <24 hours or CPAP.
Its capabilities include level 1 capabilities plus
Who should be admitted to Special New Born Care Unit( SNCU)