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Facts About Your NICU

Kaweah Health NICU:

  • 15 bed Community NICU, designated by California Children’s Services providing care for infants as early as 26 weeks gestation.
  • 8 bed Neonatal Intermediate Care Beds
  • 2 private, developmentally-friendly rooms for advanced care and family bonding.
  • Neonatoligist/Pediatric Hospitalist on site 24/7
  • Advance monitoring and communications system, cycled lighting with noise precautions to reduce stress and enhance infant biological rhythms.
  • Equipped with the latest advancements in respiratory care. The most common need of a newborn in the NICU is respiratory support due to prematurity, pneumonia, transient tachypnea of the newborn and sepsis. Such support includes:
    • - iNO
    • Oscillators
    • Conventional Ventilators
    • CPAP
    • High Flow Nasal Cannula
  • Ability to perform ROP screening with the use of Telemedicine.
  • Central and Peripheral lines/IV nutrition
  • Antibiotics
  • Phototherapy
  • Late Pre-term Infant Program

Kaweah Health’s NICU interdisciplinary team

  • 2 CCS-Paneled Neonatologists
  • 6 CCS-Paneled Pediatric Hospitalist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dedicated Respiratory Care Practitioner’s 24/7
  • CCS-Paneled Medical Social Workers
  • CCS-Paneled Clinical Registered Dietitian
  • CCS-Paneled Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapist
  • Dedicated Developmental care nurse
  • Certified Lactation Counselors who provide lactation assistance

Kaweah Health’s NICU by the numbers

  • 678 admissions in 2015
  • 4500 total births in 2015