Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is proud to serve as a regional, national, and international Level III D referral center, receiving critically ill newborns from throughout South Florida, as well South and Central America and the Caribbean.
The 40-bed Level III unit has earned the confidence of families and referring hospitals near and far. In addition, Nicklaus Children's Hospital also counts with a state-of-the-art 14 bed private room Level II NICU.
Care for Premature and Critically Ill Children
Nicklaus Children's neonatology program provides care for more than 800 critically ill newborns each year. In the past 20 years the NICU, which was the first of its kind in South Florida, has received more than 10,000 premature and critically ill babies from throughout Florida and Central and South America. Most of these neonates were born at community hospitals after a premature or high-risk delivery. Approximately 60 percent of the babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit weigh less than three pounds.
Newborns with these and other serious diagnoses are also referred to the NICU:
- Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Sepsis (serious infections)
- Congenital anomalies
- Respiratory failure
A Team Approach
Neonatology services at Nickaus Children’s are provided by a team of highly experienced neonatologists who are committed to excellence in neonatal healthcare. The team consists of neonatologists, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, lactation consultants, nutritionists, psychologists, and child life specialists. In addition, the division has expedient access to multiple subspecialists, both medical and surgical, who assist us in managing patients with a broad range of complex disorders. The team provides medical care using evidence-based tools, a proficient level of training and education, clinical research and state-of-the-art medical technology. The goal is to provide excellent care and to ensure that each infant achieves his or her full potential.