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Facts About Your NICU

Kaweah Health NICU:

  • 23 bed Community NICU, designated by California Children’s Services providing care for infants as early as 24 weeks gestation.
  • 8 overflow Care Beds
  • 23 private developmentally-friendly rooms for advanced care and family bonding, including a parent lounge where caregivers can decompress, shower and eat.
  • Neonatologist 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:
  • Oscillators
  • Conventional Ventilators
  • CPAP
  • High Flow Nasal Cannula
  • ROP screening by CCS paneled Pediatric Ophthalmologist- Dr. D. Holt
  • Nurse driven Central line team (Umbilical and PICC lines)
  • Late Pre-term Infant Program specific to Kaweah Health

Kaweah Health’s NICU interdisciplinary team

  • All CCS-Paneled Neonatologists
  • 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

  • Average Daily census-15
  • 705 Total admission-2021
  • 117 Vent days-2021
  • 689 Central line days-2021
  • Newborn Antibiotic Exposure for all newborns born 7% - 2021