NICU Treatments And Services
A critically ill infant is an unexpected challenge for any parent, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can seem a strange and uninviting place. The Providence Tarzana NICU provides highly specialized care for our smallest and sickest patients and their families.
Each infant has individual needs that require specific treatment plans. The NICU team assesses and treats respiratory disorders, blood disorders, heart problems, growth problems, infections or other conditions. At the same time, your infant's medical team makes certain that you are an active part of the team, learning how to care for your new family member and provide the love and attention they need.
Specific NICU services include:
- Level III NICU – highest level of neonatal care available in the San Fernando Valley
- 24/7 neonatologist attendance at any high-risk delivery
- Advanced ventilation techniques including high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide, non-invasive ventilation
- Therapeutic hypothermia
- Full spectrum of multidisciplinary care including:
- Lactation consultation, availability of donor breast milk
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Full spectrum of pediatric sub-specialists including:
- Pediatric cardiology
- Pediatric neurology
- Pediatric otolaryngology (ENT)
- Pediatric infectious disease
- Pediatric ophthalmology
- Specialized NICU-based procedures such as PDA ligation and ROP laser surgery
- CCS certified for neonatal surgery – surgeries performed by renowned pediatric surgeons from CHLA
Developmentally Centered Care
At Providence Tarzana our team includes physical therapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT). These professionals assess each infant for cue-based feeding readiness. Conditions and behaviors such as alertness, muscle tone and rooting behaviors are evaluated.
The NICU staff also provides research-based positioning to promote motor development while maintaining comfort for the infant. When appropriate the PT and OT staff will provide infant massage to assist the baby with regulation, state control and motor performance.
Kangaroo care is a skin-to-skin method of contact between infants and their parents to enhance bonding. As soon as an infant is stable enough to come out of the Gifaffe, parents can enjoy some quiet, quality time with their new infants in a comfortable, private setting. Special recliners are provided to the parents in a screened area with soft lighting.
Parents and caregivers will receive individualized education and training in their baby’s needs to assure a smooth transition from NICU to home.
High-Risk Follow-Up Clinic
Neonates may have additional needs as they grow from infants to toddlers. The NICU at Providence Tarzana Medical Center has another very specialized team to assist parents after they take their baby home. The High-risk Infant Follow-up Program specialists evaluate the infant's physical, neurological and emotional growth during the first three years of life. Our team collaborates directly with the baby's pediatrician to promote continuity of care through these crucial first years. The first appointment for the follow-up program is scheduled for approximately three months after your baby's discharge from the NICU, or as referred by your pediatrician.