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What are the characteristics of a high-quality nicu?

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Dr. Sue Hall
Pediatrics
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In brief: Neonatologists

A high-quality nicu will have neonatologists, pediatricians with 3 extra years of training in problems of newborns, caring for babies.
Staff in larger nicus will have more experience with a broad range of problems, and will have more consulting doctors available in different pediatric sub-specialties. A high-quality nicu will offer parents emotional support and really care about the babies.

In brief: Neonatologists

A high-quality nicu will have neonatologists, pediatricians with 3 extra years of training in problems of newborns, caring for babies.
Staff in larger nicus will have more experience with a broad range of problems, and will have more consulting doctors available in different pediatric sub-specialties. A high-quality nicu will offer parents emotional support and really care about the babies.
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall
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Dr. Andrew Nordine
I agree, in general. However, I'd add that the listed characteristics don't guarantee "high quality." High quality NICUs should also be able to point to process improvement projects, recent practice changes, and standardization of certain aspects of care (e.g. feeding protocol, central line protocol). It's also a virtual certainty that any high-quality US NICU will be an active participant in the Vermont Oxford Network (neonatal quality collaborative).
Dr. Sue Hall
Pediatrics

In brief: Special care 4 babes

Nicus can be large or small and have private rooms or one large room. But they all have staff specially trained in the care of sick or premature infants.
Most often, the doctors will be pediatricians with extra training in newborn intensive care (neonatologists). Your baby may go to nicu if s/he is low birthweight, premature, or has any trouble after birth.

In brief: Special care 4 babes

Nicus can be large or small and have private rooms or one large room. But they all have staff specially trained in the care of sick or premature infants.
Most often, the doctors will be pediatricians with extra training in newborn intensive care (neonatologists). Your baby may go to nicu if s/he is low birthweight, premature, or has any trouble after birth.
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall
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