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NICU at Plantation General Hospital in Florida

For newborns in need of specialized care, Plantation General Hospital in Broward County, Florida offers the most advanced neonatal intensive care services. Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the top units in the United States.

The Level III NICU features:

  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists supported by an expert staff of neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and other specialists trained to detect and avert problems associated with high-risk pregnancies and deliveries
  • Active member in the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative
  • Report our NICU initiatives to the Vermont Oxford Neonatal Network
  • 31 beds
  • Three types of neonatal ventilators for respiratory difficulties
  • Nitric oxide capabilities for persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Preoperative and postoperative stabilization
  • Specialty trained nurses to put in long term catheters
  • Technology to reduce noise on the unit and electronically notify nurses of changes in a baby’s vital signs
  • Follow-up care
  • 24-hour neonatologist and neonatal nurse practitioner coverage 7 days a week
  • Neonatologists are board certified and fellowship-trained
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP) are nationally certified
  • 24-hour neonatal transport system by ambulance with a neonatologist or NNP in attendance
  • 24-hour coverage by a respiratory therapist with Level III NICU experience
  • Long-term nutritional support with total parenteral nutrition
  • Pediatric subspecialty consultation available for pediatric ophthalmology, neurology andallergy
  • Consultation available for pediatric echocardiography, genetics, radiology and infectiousdisease
  • Full-time, dedicated case manager for the Level III NICU and obstetric areas
  • Neonatal speech therapists with specialized training in infant feeding
  • Neonatal physical therapy with specialized training in positioning techniques
  • Certified lactation consultants specific to the NICU
  • Developmental care specialists
  • Controlled access to unit is monitored by video cameras
  • Follow “Back to Sleep” initiatives and teaching is given to the families by trained nurses

What is a NICU?

If your baby is born ill or prematurely, he or she will be placed in either our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or our intermediate care nursery for specialized medical attention and treatment. Here your baby will be admitted to an incubator or warming bed and will be cared for closely by highly trained healthcare providers.

Around the clock, your baby’s care will be directed by neonatologists, a specialized pediatrician with additional training and experience in the care of sick and premature infants.

We are proud to say our NICU is not just one of the best in Broward County or Florida, but in the entire country.

Level III and Level II NICUs in Florida

The 31-bed unit offers Level III treatment for newborns in need of critical care and a Level II progressive care unit for more stable babies. The Level II unit assists parents with discharge planning and education designated to help them care for their newborns. The NICU utilizes specialty infant beds designed for the safe monitoring and stable environment that high-risk infants require.

To ensure safe medication administration, Plantation General Hospital uses the most advanced pharmacy safety measures and has a dedicated team of pediatric pharmacists.

All these measures ensure the highest quality of care for the most fragile infants.

Breastfeeding babies in Plantation General Hospital’s Level III and Level II NICUs

Parents are considered part of the care team and as infants improve, parents are encouraged to provide breast or bottle feedings. A baby in the NICU may not be able to breastfeed immediately, so please be patient until your child is well enough to feed. To ensure babies start with their mothers’ milk, women who plan to breastfeed can store their pumped breast milk and colostrum in an on-site freezer until it’s needed.

Our hospital also features a lactation center. Lactation consultants are available to work with new moms one-on-one. Lactation consultants offer breastfeeding classes before delivery, and upon request, they meet with new moms after delivery.

Baby care classes

The staff at Plantation General’s NICU wants parents to feel confident caring for their baby at home. We hold baby care classes once a week for families with babies in the NICU. These classes, led by nurses certified in teaching CPR, help parents feel more comfortable when they take their baby home.

Check our calendar and events for more information.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. This is what you can do to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.

What does an infant safe sleeping environment look like?

To create a safe sleep environment:

  • Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended.
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infants first year). Room sharing not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib for sleep.
  • Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby's sleep area.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established.
  • Supervised Skin to Skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth regardless of feeding or delivery, (as soon as mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and to continue for at least an hour. Once mother starts to get sleepy, return baby to bassinet.
  • Follow health care provider guidance on your baby's vaccines and regular health checkups.

For additional information and education on safe sleep, please visit Cribs for Kids.

NICU Reunion

  • Plantation General Hospital 2018 NICU Reunion

  • 2018 NICU Reunion Testimonial 2 | Plantation General Hospital

  • 2018 NICU Reunion Testimonial 3 | Plantation General Hospital

  • 2018 NICU Reunion Testimonial 4 | Plantation General Hospital