Programs and Services - Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Extracorpeal Life Support (ECMO)
We use ECMO - technology used to support the baby's heart and lungs while they heal for several days, similar to heart/lung bypass.
The Neuro-NICU represents a collaboration between two of our renowned Centers of Excellence: the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Phoenix Children's is one of only two children's hospitals in the country offering a comprehensive Neuro-NICU, and the cutting edge whole body cooling therapy. Cooling the brain and body of an infant that has experienced birth hypoxia (lack of oxygen) helps the brain recover from injury. Infants suffering a lack of oxygen who receive cooling therapy have a greater chance of reducing their risk of death or permanent brain damage.
A delivery system which delivers a blend of oxygen with nitric oxide to increase blood flow to lungs.
High frequency ventilation
Technology to deliver oxygen and air to the baby's lungs, minimizing trauma to the lungs.
Developmental supportive care
Our approach to the care of infants which utilizes techniques that minimize the impact of the environment, while supporting the infant through proper positioning and individualized plans of care.
Neuro-Developmental Evaluation Program (NDEP)
An early intervention program involving periodic developmental evaluation for infants born prematurely or who are at risk for developmental delays.
Parent education classes
Offered in English and Spanish and designed to prepare our families for the different stages of hospitalization and discharge.
Instructional classes that support early psychological and sensory input in the development of all infants.
Benchmarking outcomes with other NICUs throughout the country and the world with the Vermont Oxford Network and the Child Health Corporation of America. Current initiatives include decreasing primary blood stream infections, feeding protocols, and small baby guidelines which support the care of very low birthweight infants from the delivery room through the first week of life.
NICU (602) 546-1454