Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Altru's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), located within Altru's Family Birthing Center, is:
- To assist the NICU staff in maintaining confidentiality and patient privacy, information about the infant’s status can only be given to the mother and father/support person.
- If an infant’s stay is predicted to last longer than the mother’s stay, the mother and father/support person will be provided a toll-free telephone number to be used only to obtain updates on the condition of their infant.
- Family members or friends must receive updates through the mother and father/support person.
- We request parents limit photography of their infant for reasons of confidentiality.
- Please ask staff if you want to include them in any photography/videotaping.
Our Team of Experts
Our Physician Call Group consists of three neonatologists who rotate coverage 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
- If needed during the infant’s NICU stay, consultations are made with neurologists, ophthalmologists, audiologists, cardiologists, nephrologists, physiatrists, geneticists, surgeons and any other specialist that may be necessary. Consultations with neonatologists from Tertiary Care Centers are also available.
Registered Nurses (RNs) are staffed in the NICU 24 hours per day, seven days a week, including some RNC-NIC (RNs certified in caring for neonatal patients) and/or Transport Nurses. All nurses are certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and are trained to perform specialized procedures.
Respiratory Therapists (RTs) also play a vital role in the day-to-day care of infants in the NICU.
- RTs manage ventilator settings and the oxygenation of the infants through the use of blood gas measurements.
- RTs are trained in neonatal resuscitation and attend high-risk deliveries.
Lactation Consultants work with mothers to encourage breastfeeding by:
- Teaching mothers how to effectively pump to keep their milk supply up while the infant is in the NICU.
- Assisting with waking baby, getting baby latched and then keeping the infant latched so she can nurse as long as possible.