Infant Intensive Care Nursery
Welcome to the Intensive Care Nursery at Temple University Hospital
Purpose of this Website:
This website was designed to introduce you to the staff and services provided in the Infant Intensive Care Nursery. Please refer to our brochure (PDF) which provides information about visitation and other important information. In addition, on this website we have included links to other World Wide Web sites with information about neonatal care. This is to provide you with additional information and education but it is not intended to provide medical advice or replace the information provided by your healthcare provider. The views and opinions provided by these websites do not necessarily reflect the views of the Infant Intensive Care Unit of Temple University Hospital.
A Little Bit About Us:
The Intensive Care Nursery is housed on the third floor of the Park Avenue Building where we are in close proximity to the Delivery Room and Mother- Baby Unit. We are a Level III Unit with a potential census of 26 neonates. We have an affiliation with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
The Staff of the Intensive Care Nursery:
Nancy Robinson, MD, is the Section Chief of Neonatology.
The Intensive Care Nursery is staffed 24 hours a day with Board Certified Neonatologists (doctors specially trained in newborn intensive care), physician assistants and respiratory therapists. The unit is staffed by registered nurses with an average of ten years experience in neonatal intensive care. In addition, over 50% of the nurses here have their certification in this specialty. Other disciplines you may have contact with include social work, case management, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and ophthalmology. Support staff includes our unit clerks, patient care assistants and environmental staff. Clergy is available on request.
Services Provided in the Intensive Care Nursery:
- Primary Nursing
- Nutritional Support
- Breastfeeding Support
- Ophthalmology (Eye Specialist)
- Kangaroo Care
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Infant CPR Classes
- Scrapbook Journaling
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
We welcome and expect your questions. We realize that this may be a very trying time for you and you may feel a bit overwhelmed. We suggest that you write your questions down as you think of them and bring these questions in with you.
How long will my baby have to stay in the intensive care nursery?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. It is not possible to determine on admission how long your baby will remain in the unit. However, once your baby is able to feed, grow and stay warm they are usually ready for discharge. For very preterm babies, this may take some time because it takes coordination to suck, swallow and breathe. In addition, it takes energy. We begin to prepare for discharge on admission that is why your frequent visits are really important.
Why is there a limit on visitors?
Sick infants and premature infants are at risk for infection. Because of this, we use different measures to reduce this risk including hand washing and limited visitation. We limit our visitors to you the parents and the grandparents. It is also important that if any of you are sick that you limit your contact to telephone calls to check on your baby. No one should visit with any signs of a cold or flu. Please do not get the idea that visitors are not welcome. We want you to spend as much time as you can with your baby during their stay here.
What is all the noise and equipment?
Your nurse will explain all the monitors and equipment needed for your baby. All babies in the intensive care unit are on a monitor which allows us to monitor their heart rate, breathing rate and oxygen status. These machines may alarm at times. Some may need an IV line as well. This IV line may be in the arm, hand or foot but it may also be in a special line placed within the umbilicus. Finally, some babies in the IICN need respiratory support which may include oxygen that is delivered through small tubing secured in the nose or they may need assistance to breathe with a machine called a ventilator.
When can I feed my baby?
The neonatologist will determine when your baby is ready for feedings. For the preterm infant, feeding is work. It takes them a while to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing all together. Until they are ready for nipple feeding, we will feed them with a small tube that is passed through the mouth or nose into the stomach. The best milk to feed them at anytime is breastmilk.
How can I store and pump breastmilk?
We have a room on the unit with a breast pump for your use. In addition, case management is available to assist you with obtaining a pump for use at home. The nursing staff can give you information on how to pump including how often to pump, how long to pump and how to store your breastmilk.