The nursery at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature babies or babies needing extra medical care. The NICU is staffed with neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses with experience in high-risk infant care.
Neonatologists — physicians affiliated with Pediatrix, Inc., who specialize in the care of premature infants and those needing special care — are available for consultation. If your baby must stay in the NICU, the staff will be happy to relay the visiting times for you and your family to spend time with your baby.
Should the unexpected occur, a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) is available 24-hours a day to assist in the care of your newborn during delivery and in the NICU. The NNP has experience taking care of high-risk infants and those needing special care. The NNP may be requested by your physician to attend the birth of your infant. Additionally, your physician may request that the neonatologist attend your delivery. You can expect to receive charges from Pediatrix, Inc., if either the NNP or neonatologist attends the birth of your newborn.
Bubbles have always been child-friendly. Now, they're becoming a key ingredient in helping the tiniest babies breathe on their own.
The NICU uses Bubble CPAP, a breathing assistance system showing promising results in decreasing chronic lung disease in premature infants. Texas Health HEB was the first to implement the system in Northeast Tarrant County and is one of only three area hospitals currently using Bubble CPAP.
Premature babies often have underdeveloped lungs. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a breathing system used to deliver airflow and pressure to an infant's lungs through short prongs in the nose. The air pressure helps keep the lungs open at the end of exhalation and allows the baby to initiate his/her own breathing. But adding bubbles to the process is making it even more effective, decreasing the need to put some babies on mechanical ventilators. Bubble CPAP helps prevent long-term lung damage.