Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
When the most advanced critical care is required, RWJBarnabas Health is
equipped with three Neonatal Intensive Care Units that are state-designated
as regional referral centers. Our neonatal teams consists of board-certified
neonatologists, specially trained nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses,
therapists, social workers and technologists who work together under the
principles of family-centered care. Neonatologists are available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week to provide care for fragile newborns, meet with
families and for consultations.
Our NICUs provide specialized care for newborns and offer New Jersey’s
only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for infants in
severe respiratory distress. As a modification of cardiopulmonary bypass,
ECMO aids newborns who have not responded to usual therapies such as mechanical
ventilation, drugs and surgery.
The NICU services include:
- Regional Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Apnea Program
- Jet and Oscillator Ventilation
- Nitric Oxide Treatments (the only program in the state)
- Neonatal Transport Team
- Comprehensive Parent Teaching Program
- Infant Massage
Our survival rates exceed those of national benchmarks. While our number
of Low Birth Weight babies ranks amongst the highest percentiles nationally,
our survivals are among the top quartile.
The Neonatal Transport Program safely transports critically-ill newborns
to our hospitals and “back transports” many to the originating
Level II’s for recuperation. The transport team consists of a neonatologist
and a registered neonatal nurse with special training in transport as
well as an EMT.
To attain the best outcomes for our babies, the High Risk Infant Follow-up
(HRIF) team of experts monitors and evaluates the growth and development
of infants at risk. The team consists of neonatologists, a neurodevelopmentalist,
a developmental psychologist, physical and occupational therapists, a
neonatal nurse, social worker and an ophthalmologist. This same team follows
the infant after discharge from the NICU. To ensure early identification
of developmental delays and timely referrals to specialists, infants are
seen at one, four, eight, 12 and 24 months. Babies treated with ECMO are
followed to five years of age.