Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
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Specialized care for you and your newborn
Our children’s hospitals are equipped with a Level III Regional Perinatal Center. We provide the highest level of care for high-risk mothers and acutely ill newborns using the most advanced technology and highly trained staff. The perinatal center ensures that the critical needs of the community’s most vulnerable newborns are met, while providing the best care available for pregnant women.
- Neonatal intensive care units (NICU) have been expanded at both our Hackensack and Neptune locations, and offer specialized treatments such as therapeutic hypothermia (available on-site and during transport), nitric oxide, high-frequency ventilation and lactation support with donor breastmilk.
- Antepartum unit for high-risk pregnancy monitoring is available at both our Hackensack and Neptune locations. Women with high-risk pregnancies, including abnormal placentation, are monitored by maternal fetal medicine experts until your little one arrives.
- Infant Apnea Center of New Jersey, a specialty program of the Division of Neonatology, provides diagnostic testing, coordination of services, and follow-up evaluations for infants requiring home cardio-respiratory monitoring or oxygen therapy.
- NICVIEW® technology allows parents to view their babies from a secure online portal. Parents and loved ones can log on from a computer or mobile device and monitor their infant’s progress.
- The Joseph M. Sanzari NICU is the first and only NICU in the state to receive Disease Specific Certification for Prematurity from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations for implementing a special small baby unit to improve survival without major morbidities in inborn infants < 30 weeks GA
Newborn conditions we treat:
Our dedicated specialists and board-certified neonatologists are specifically trained to diagnose and treat newborns with the most complex and high-risk conditions, such as:
- Birth defects
- Blood conditions
- Breathing and pulmonary conditions
- Brain Injury
- Cardiac evaluations and treatment
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernias
- Conjoined twins
- Craniofacial conditions
- Genetic conditions
- Infant Apnea
- Retinopathy of Prematurity
- Conditions requiring neonatal surgery, including neurosurgery and pulmonary surgery
In treating these conditions, neonatologists work to:
- Provide initial care to the infant during delivery, should the baby require medical intervention
- Diagnose, stabilize and treat infants with any life-threatening medical issues
- Medically manage the specific needs of the infant throughout their stay in the NICU
- Coordinate any medical care, should the baby require surgery
- Ensure that the infant is receiving proper nutrients for healing, growth and development
The NICU team
Your newborn’s medical care is provided by board-certified neonatologists available 24 hours a day. We incorporate input from all members of the team, including neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, pediatric physical and occupational therapists, genetics experts and lactation consultants. Our goal is to provide your baby with the highest level of specialized care.
To further support family-centered care, the Family Resource Room is a quiet space for NICU families. Open 24 hours a day, the space provides computers with internet access and Wi-Fi for mobile devices.
When a baby graduates from the NICU, follow up for all medical and surgical care is coordinated during a discharge team meeting. The family is referred to our child development program for evaluation of the child’s growth and development, and early intervention programs if needed.
We serve children from birth through age 21 for life-threatening conditions of the brain or spinal cord, lungs, blood, heart, and bone and joints, as well as infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, cancer and other serious medical conditions.