Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Everybody looks forward to the birth of a healthy baby. In those cases in which a newborn is premature or has medical problems, it’s reassuring to know they have Desert Regional Medical Center’s knowledgeable specialists and advanced technology working for them.

Comprehensive care for preemies and high-risk infants

The hospital’s 30-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located in the Women and Infants Center, making it easy to get a newborn right into treatment if necessary. Specially equipped surface- and air-transport vehicles can also transfer high-risk infants born at other facilities.

The NICU includes:

  • Mechanical ventilation for newborns who cannot breathe on their own
  • Tube feeding
  • Cardiopulmonary monitoring
  • Emergency transportation vehicles
  • A lactation specialist
  • 24-hour visitation
  • Follow-up development program for high-risk infants

The neonatal team includes neonatologists, clinical nurse specialists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, respiratory care practitioners, an occupational therapist, social workers and discharge planners.

Need more information? Call (800) 491-4990.