The Benefits of a Level III NICU

If your newborn needs extra care, a level III NICU offers a bounty of benefits.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, provides extra care to babies born prematurely or with special health concerns. According to the March of Dimes, between 10 and 15 percent of newborns require NICU care. There are three levels of NICU, with a level III NICU being capable of providing the most complex and advanced care for the smallest and sickest of infants. Benefits of a level III NICU are:

  • They are staffed with a variety of highly-skilled healthcare professionals, and have a neonatologist and respiratory therapists available.
  • They have advanced equipment and the ability to provide life support for as long as it is needed.
  • They can care for the smallest newborns, some as young as a gestational age of 28 weeks.
  • They may use mechanical ventilation to help premature babies breathe.
  • They are capable of performing major surgical procedures on site at a closely related medical facility.
  • They are equipped to care for the array of health problems that sometimes affect babies who are born prematurely, including apnea, respiratory distress syndrome, intraventricular hemorrhage, jaundice, anemia, infections and more.

At the Medical Center of McKinney, we believe our level III NICU is a direct reflection of our philosophy of family-centered and developmentally supportive care. To learn more about how a level III NICU benefits babies and families, visit us online or call us at 1-855-296-6265 for a physician referral.

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