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Big Technology for Our Smallest Patients

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton offers advanced technology and compassionate care to meet the needs of even the tiniest patients.

At Texas Health Denton, the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides services for babies in the Denton community who require specialized care.

“As the only NICU in the city, we provide specialty care for infants in Denton and the surrounding areas so families don’t have to travel for the same services,” says Faith Vead, R.N., supervisor of the NICU and newborn nursery at Texas Health Denton. “Mothers with high-risk pregnancies can rest assured that if an emergency arises, we have the equipment and the experienced personnel required to care for their babies.”

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of gestation), have low birthweights (less than 5.5 pounds) or have medical conditions that require intensive care. In the United States, nearly 12 percent of newborn infants need this type of specialized care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas Health Denton provides care by an experienced group of neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatologists who are specifically trained to handle the most complex and high-risk situations.

“When a baby is born before his or her body is ready to leave the womb, important organs such as the heart, lungs, stomach and skin may not be mature enough to function without specialized care. In addition to premature infants, full-term newborns also may have serious illnesses or birth defects that require advanced care,” says Philip Marinelli, D.O., neonatologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Denton. “We have the expertise, personnel
and technology to support these infants and their families through difficult times.”

Because the littlest, most fragile patients require the most advanced equipment, Texas Health Denton is equipped
with specialized technology. One unique piece of equipment is the Giraffe OmniBed®, which allows premature babies to get the warmth they need from radiant warmers while staying in an incubator rather than being transported back and forth between the warmer and incubator.

“In addition to the radiant warmer, the beds feature a humidity option, a built-in scale and a reclining option that rotates,” says Vead. “The beds reduce stress and potential harm because they eliminate the need to move fragile infants from one piece of equipment to another.”

The NICU also has advanced ventilator equipment and bubble continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) technology for treatment of respiratory distress. Bubble CPAP therapy is less invasive than putting the infant on a
ventilator and leads to decreased incidents of childhood respiratory distress.

For more information about the NICU at Texas Health Denton, call 940-898-7000 or 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Spring 2010)

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