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In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Littleton Adventist Hospital, our team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals provide personal, loving attention to infants requiring special care. This compassionate team of experienced specialists includes neonatal nurses, perinatologists (doctors specializing in fetal-maternal care), neonatologists (doctors specializing in the care of sick newborns), pediatricians, 24-hour in-house neonatal nurse practitioners, developmental specialists and respiratory therapists. Consultation with other neonatal specialists is also available 24-hours a day.
Many members of our NICU staff, including neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs), offer more than 20 years of experience. These NNPs attend all high-risk deliveries and are involved throughout the baby's entire stay at our hospital.
Litleton Adventist Hospital was the first designated Level III NICU in the south metro area and is the highest level NICU in Centura Health. Our designation as a Level III NICU is based on our ability to care for the most critically ill, premature or multiple birth infants. While we hope your baby never needs this level of care, you can have peace of mind that our compassionate team of experienced specialists will provide the necessary levels of care.
We strive to make your family's experience in our NICU as comfortable as possible with a feeling of home. In our 14-bed, state-of-the art NICU each baby and family has a personalized area within the greater NICU while our volunteers personally knit hats and blankets for the babies. Each homey "cubby" is a separated, private space designed for every baby's individualized development care and has a chair, sink, utility cabinets and fridge for the parents' use.
In 2009, when she was 35 years old and pregnant with twins, Kyung experienced complications with her pregnancy and sadly lost one of the two babies she carried. She turned to Littleton Hospital to prepare for the premature birth of her second baby.
The day she was admitted, Kyung's son Michael was born at 23 weeks gestation. Weighing just 14 ounces, Michael was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Littleton Hospital.
"The team at Littleton Hospital NICU did so much more for us than care for our child - they cared for us as a family," says Kyung. "The nurses were so upbeat, and I believed in their ability to care for my son, as well as his ability to fight through it all."
Now 2 years old, Michael is progressing beyond expectations.
Each year, the NICU at Littleton Hospital hosts a reunion for former patients and their families. It's a poignant time for many, as friends, families, and staff members enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and cherished company. At this year's reunion, Michael surprised the hospital staff by walking in.
"No one at the hospital had seen Michael walk yet, so it was wonderful to see all the surprised looks on faces," says Kyung. "It's amazing to see these kids who are thriving and know Littleton Hospital helped make it happen."
From the October 2011 issue of
Your Health Your Hospital.
part of our commitment to excellence in patient care and education, we
at Littleton Adventist Hospital, are taking steps to help keep your
family safe and healthy. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge
of early symptoms and raise awareness of proper precautions - in hopes
of keeping this highly contagious virus from being spread. Proper
education can prevent a treatable case of RSV from becoming critical.
What is RSV?Respiratory
syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV) is a transmittable virus affecting
the respiratory system, causing cold-like symptoms in healthy children
but can lead to serious lung infections for some young babies. It is
important to know the symptoms of RSV and to be aware if your child
might be in a high-risk category for this virus. High-risk categories
RSV outbreaks are most common in the fall
and spring, and will have reached most children by age two. Coming in
contact with contaminated bodily secretions spreads the virus. Children
are particularly susceptible because of their desire to put things into
their mouths. The RSV virus can live for several hours on some objects,
so it is difficult to eliminate, especially in busy places such as
Symptoms of RSV
If your baby is showing these symptoms please call your pediatrician.
Testing & Treatment
Testing for the virus can be done at the
hospital with a simple nasal fluid sample. Antibiotics do not help treat
RSV. Most infections go away by themselves; however, infants and young
children may be admitted to the hospital where they will benefit from
oxygen, humidified air and IV fluids. If you are at all concerned please
see your doctor.
At Littleton Adventist Hospital NICU, it only takes a brief stay to remain part of our lives forever. The tiny miracles that pass through our unit leave a big imprint on our hearts, and we absolutely delight in the chance to reunite with members of our NICU family, as well as their
amazing parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who have given them so much love and support.
Each year, we invite our former patients to a NICU Reunion at our hospital. We gather current photos of the children and photos from when they stayed with us in the NICU. The collection of pictures is displayed in our unit for all to see. Other families passing through our NICU along
their journey draw great encouragement from the evidence of such amazing progress in the other children.
We spend one afternoon together; enjoy the featured entertainment, refreshments and catch up with old friends. Many of our former families who have shared time together in the NICU use this as an annual opportunity to reunite with one another. To our staff, this truly is a
family reunion - an occasion for great joy and celebration.
If you are part of our NICU family, plan on attending our annual NICU Reunion - details to come.
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