Advantage of having a neo-natal ICU

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 4/11/2007 2:50 pm
Having access to an intensive care unit for newborns is especially important for mothers experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, or when problems are known to be present in the fetus. These units offer sophisticated vital-sign monitoring systems, resuscitation drugs and equipment, and the services of pediatric specialists. When a baby is born prematurely, or is of low birthweight, the resources of a neo-natal I-C-U can increase the chance of survival. Low-birthweight babies tend to have poor temperature control, and may need to be kept warm in a special nursery, or an incubator. Keeping small babies warm helps them grow more rapidly. Others may be born with breathing problems; these infants can be placed on special mattresses that sound an alarm if breathing stops. The baby may require oxygen or a mechanical ventilator for breathing. When the infant has low blood sugar, a glucose (GLUE-coas) drip can be set up, or special techniques can be used to feed the baby milk, until ready to for breastfeeding. To find out more about neo-natal I-C-Us, or where the nearest one is in your city, consult a health care provider.

Featured Segments/Shows

All content © Copyright 2015 Intermountain West Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.