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NICU

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for our tiniest patients.

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Anderson Regional Medical Center - North
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301
Call 601-553-6124

NICU

What is a NICU? | Our NICU Team | High-Tech TLC | What to Expect


What is a NICU?

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are admitted to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which is located inside the Birth Center. The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for our patients in need.

When a baby enters the world, many body systems change dramatically from the way they functioned during fetal life:

  • The lungs must breathe air.
  • The cardiac and pulmonary circulation changes.
  • The digestive system must begin to process food and excrete waste.
  • The kidneys must begin working to balance fluids and electrolytes in the body and excrete waste.
  • The liver and immunologic systems must begin functioning independently.

Being born prematurely, having a difficult delivery or birth defects can make these changes more challenging. Fortunately for these babies, special newborn care is available.


Our NICU Team

As a NICU we offer a high level of care for newborns. Our physicians and nurses are skillfully trained to provide for babies needing specialized care.

Many specially trained health care professionals assist the neonatologists in the care of babies admitted to the NICU:

  • Radiologists
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers

The members of the NICU team work together with parents to develop an individualized plan of care for each baby.


High-Tech TLC

The specialized equipment in the NICU makes it the safest place for a sick or premature baby.

  • The Radiant warmers and incubators (unlike the regular nursery bassinets) regulate the baby’s body temperature.
  • Several feeding methods are available to meet the baby’s nutritional needs.
  • Immature lungs and respiratory complications are a common reason for NICU admission, so babies may also require oxygen therapy.
  • IV therapy provides fluids to keep babies hydrated, provide nutrition and deliver medication.
  • Babies are continuously monitored for heart rate, respirations, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

If there is an emergency, help is readily available; the doctors and NICU nurses are trained in caring for this very special patient population.


What to Expect

On the day your baby is admitted to the NICU, we like to begin thinking about the day you will take your baby home. We want you to start talking, singing, and reading to your baby as soon as your baby is stable. If possible, we would like you to join in the baby’s care by changing the baby’s diaper, taking the baby’s temperature, and talking with the nurse about your baby’s care. We will teach you special things you need to know about your baby before you take him or her home using videos, demonstrations, and written discharge instructions that will also include your baby’s follow-up appointments. Prior to discharge you will watch the infant CPR video and be allowed to ask questions and practice CPR skills.

The staff of the NICU looks at many factors to determine when a baby can go home. All signs are positive when your baby:

  • No longer requires oxygen
  • Takes all feedings by mouth
  • Maintains his/her temperature in an open bed

By visiting your baby regularly, you can work with our staff in planning for your baby to go home. Our staff is available to answer your questions, and we want you to understand everything we are doing for your baby. We encourage parents to visit their baby often and interact with the staff to learn more about the baby’s condition and care.

Media


NICU

In this Medical Minute, Dr. Roland Boyd, Neonatologist, explains how the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides specialized care for our tiniest patients.