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Why do some hospitals have a neonatal intensive care unit and others dont?

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Dr. Joseph Cohen
Pediatrics
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In brief: Cost

Most babies are born normally proceed home without problems.
However it is it very expensive to maintain a unit and therefore more cost-effective to have a regional unit that takes care of the babies needed in the surrounding area.

In brief: Cost

Most babies are born normally proceed home without problems.
However it is it very expensive to maintain a unit and therefore more cost-effective to have a regional unit that takes care of the babies needed in the surrounding area.
Dr. Joseph Cohen
Dr. Joseph Cohen
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Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics

In brief: Very specialized

It is a very specialized unit for taking care of newborns with problems like prematurity, respiratory issues, infections, and sometimes heart prpblems.
It requires a large enough population base, a neonatologist (special highly trained pediatrician), and a sufficient level of support services and specially trained nurses and other personnel. Most hospitals do not fulfill these requirements.

In brief: Very specialized

It is a very specialized unit for taking care of newborns with problems like prematurity, respiratory issues, infections, and sometimes heart prpblems.
It requires a large enough population base, a neonatologist (special highly trained pediatrician), and a sufficient level of support services and specially trained nurses and other personnel. Most hospitals do not fulfill these requirements.
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