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Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

There is no more special occasion than the arrival of a new baby. Sometimes, however, things don’t go as planned. But at Florida Hospital Orlando and Florida Hospital for Children, you can rest assured that your little one is receiving some of the best care anywhere. Our 24 hour, 7 day a week Level III neonatal intensive care unit—the highest-level NICU there is, which means we have the facilities to care for sick, premature and low-birth-weight infants—is staffed by a team of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists, supported by specialists from a wide range of medical disciplines, each prepared to help out when needed.  

This expertise is backed by the most advanced technologies and cutting-edge treatments available. These include:

  • Nitric oxide therapy: Nitric oxide is administered to increase the level of oxygen in the baby’s blood and reduce the need for invasive membrane oxygenation in critically ill infants.
  • Hypothermia management: For babies with asphyxiated brain injuries related to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, whole-body cooling can be used to reduce the severity of brain damage.
  • Neonatal PICC line services: Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines can provide continuous vascular access with fewer complications than traditional IV therapies. At the Florida Hospital Orlando NICU, our neonatal nurse-driven PICC team is comprised of specialists trained in the placement of this special catheter. With their skill, we can reduce pain and the chance of infection, and draw blood without the need for additional skin pricks.

We also offer neonatal/pediatric surgical suites and a neonatal respiratory program.

What’s more, we have a 10-county neonatal air-and-ground-transport team and NICU ambulance, which enables us to help infants in need of help anywhere in Central Florida. If your child is being transported to our NICU from another facility, rest assured that our team of experts will be in contact with the transport team throughout the entire process.

For our patients’ convenience, we offer 81 acute-care, state-of-the-art rooms, as well as a dedicated family lounge and family-friendly baby rooms and waiting areas stocked with movies to help loved ones pass the time. We encourage our parents to spend as much time bonding and cuddling with their child as possible. In addition, we have a team of child life specialists who will meet and help with any other children expecting parents may have to deal with. We’ve also instituted an infant-driven feeding culture, rather than a volume-driven approach—i.e., focusing on the individual baby’s needs, not on how much he or she ingests—which leads to improved feeding outcomes, infant well-being and parent-infant relationships. For more information contact us today at (855) 303-DOCS