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NICU: What if my baby needs extra attention?
While the majority of newborn infants are born healthy, more intense monitoring and care are sometimes necessary. Babies who need specialized attention because of premature birth or medical conditions are cared for in our state-of-the-art Level III+ Lundy Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our NICU has sophisticated equipment specially designed to care for critically- ill newborns in an environment that fosters healthy development. Parents can visit around the clock and are encouraged to gently touch and caress their baby. This support helps infants grow and thrive. The unit closes two hours each day to all visitors and parents for nursing shift changes. During these hours (6:30am-7:30am and 6:30pm-7:30pm) our nurses review each baby’s chart and information; closing the unit helps protect patient confidentiality. Parents may also call to check on their baby anytime except during these shift changes. For the safety of the babies, ALL visitors must be accompanied by one of the baby’s parents.
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Most importantly, NICU patients benefit from the continuous care and observation of Johns Hopkins’ neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses who are experienced with the special needs of newborn premature babies.
Many infants brought to our NICU have relatively mild conditions that require only short-term monitoring. In the event a baby has a more serious surgical or cardiac condition, he or she may be transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital for specialized care.
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