Newborn babies who need close medical attention may need to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Gundersen's Level III NICU combines advanced technology and trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients of the Tri-state Region.
Most babies admitted to the NICU fall into one or more of the following groups:
- Have low birth weight
- Have a condition that requires special medical or surgical care
- Twins, triplets and other multiples
- Babies with medical conditions such as most heart and respiratory problems, infections or birth defects
The NICU also has a highly specialized team that transports infants of all sizes by both helicopter and ambulance within the Tri-state Region. The Neonatal Transport Team is fully equipped to provide an ICU environment during transport. It allows team members to monitor and treat the infant while being transferred.
The NICU has a family resource nurse who works closely with families to make the transition home as smooth as possible. She helps coordinate services for equipment and support that may be needed at home. The NICU staff spends time teaching and working with families so they are comfortable taking their baby home.
Our NICU is all new as of January 2014 and offers private rooms for babies and their families. This provides the privacy parents need to talk with their baby's care provider or bond with their infant.
Flexible room design
While private, the Legacy Building NICU rooms also offer flexibility. Many of the rooms are connected by a door. Why? Whenever possible, multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) will be put in these rooms.
Each baby can have their own room, but it's connected by a door so mom, dad and our nursing staff can go back and forth easily. Each room also has two headwalls (place where medical gases, alarms, etc., can be plugged in), so twins could share a room.
The NICU rooms were designed with the family in mind. Each room has an area where parents can sleep and stay near their infant at night.
A NICU family lounge is located just down the hall, providing a place for families to gather with loved ones.