NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

By: Ayrricca Frisch

About the NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is and intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. The newborn can stay in the NICU for days, weeks, or maybe longer, depending on how well the baby is doing. The NICU is usually directed by one or more neonatologists and they are staffed by nurses. In the NICU the sound, smell, and the sights are different from what you are use to seeing, And the doors are locked and guarded to keep the babies safe.

Equipment Used

When the newborn infants are in NICU they are put in an incubator. The incubator is used to provide better temperature support, isolation from infection risk, specialized feeding, and access to specialized equipment and resources.

Levels Of the NICU

Level one : Basic Newborn Care : This level is when level one nurseries stabilize babies born full term to get them ready to transfer to facilities that offer special care.

Level two : Specialty Newborn Care : Special care nurseries care for babies born at 32 weeks or are recovering from more serious conditions.

Level three : Subspecialty Newborn Care : This level the level three NICU's care for the sickest babies and the greatest variety of support.

Pictures of the NICU.