Utah Hospital Expands Critical Care Areas for Newborns

November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013 

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (UVRMC) has expanded its newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and new antepartum rooms for special care babies.

Premature babies and parents usually spend longer periods of time in the NICU, as they receive long-term care and monitoring. When a mother needs to be on bed rest before delivery, she may use an antepartum room at the hospital, where technology monitors her condition and that of the baby. UVRMC has had five of these rooms and is adding nine more.

 Donna Dizon-Townson of maternal fetal medicine said the hospital cares for many high-risk pregnancies. "Sometimes the patients live very remote from the hospital, or have high blood pressure, diabetes or fetal growth issues," Dizon-Towson said. “In those cases, they may need to be at the hospital during the pregnancy, so they may be monitored and cared for”.

 "Antepartum patients tend to be a very high risk group of patients," added Dizon-Towson. "A high risk pregnancy is very stressful. This helps lessen the stress. Mom will feel safe for both her and her baby". The unit has been utilized an equivalent of 2,000 patient days in 2013 alone.

 "We like to keep the baby in here with the mothers," Hunter said. "Skin to skin contact helps temperature and heart rate stabilize more quickly".

 The technology used in the rooms has also been upgraded. "The whole project is called NICU as home," Dr. Stephen Minton said. “There is a camera setup that allows an expert to monitor what happens in the room. That expert can give immediate coaching to provide the best results”.

 "I can actually watch a resuscitation taking place and participate," Minton said. "I can monitor and give instructions. It is like we are right at the bedside. It is one of the goals that we have".

 The expansion and new technology will help parents and premature babies get the special care they need. These, combined with high-quality monitoring instruments, will provide a safe and pleasant experience for families.

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