Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Nursery Orientation


>>Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
neonatologists have been at the forefront of neonatal care since modern
day neonatology first began. Our care teams not only deliver a wide range of
treatments, we’ve also developed many of them. We also prevent many conditions
from happening in the first place. As a result, our neonatal care is
consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation by US News and World Report. Our neonatologists work closely with Packard
Children’s Hospital’s specialized obstetric and pediatric teams. Together we can provide every major medical
and support service your baby may need. Our nurseries are committed to
family-centered care and welcome you as a partner on your baby’s health care team. We involve you in your baby’s care to
whatever extent you prefer and provide you and your family with the support and information
you need throughout your baby’s hospital stay. There are three nurseries at
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The first is the well-baby nursery. You’ll find this on the second floor of the
hospital right beside labor and delivery. The well-baby nursery is where most newborns
will receive their first full assessment. Our physicians have set the standard
for routine newborn care and help ensure that babies have a safe transition
from birth to newborn life. If your baby is diagnosed during pregnancy
as requiring special medical attention after delivery or unexpectedly needs it
after birth, we have two nurseries on site. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and
the Packard Intermediate Care Nursery. The Packard Intermediate Care Nursery, or PICN, cares for babies who don’t
require intensive care. Our patients have either graduated
from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or need a little extra care before going home. Our mission is to optimize your baby’s
nutrition, growth and development. We strongly support breast
feeding and should you choose to do so lactation support is available. We invite you to fully participate in your
baby’s care and help you to be fully confident in your ability to care for your baby at home. Our nationally recognized Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit, or NICU, cares for premature babies, babies born after high-risk pregnancies and
critically ill newborns with complex care needs. Our family-centered NICU is right
next door to labor and delivery. This location enables our expert neonatal teams
to be immediately available for any diagnosed or unexpected problems that
arise during delivery. Quick response is vital. So having our team just steps
away makes all the difference. Babies born at other hospitals who need the
critical care provided by our NICU are brought to Packard Children’s Hospital by our
specially trained neonatal transport team. Packard Children’s Hospital provides a
full range of highly specialized medical and surgical pediatric and
obstetric services all in one place. Our NICU can care for newborns who need help
breathing with a machine called a ventilator; require a heart/lung bypass machine called
extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO; need or are recovering from surgery including
heart surgery; require therapies for lung or brain problems; require dialysis to
make up for poor or lost kidney function; are born prematurely or need highly
specialized care for other complex problems. The NICU care team is an extensive
multidisciplinary group that includes doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers,
physical therapists, occupational therapists, and developmental specialists
who actively partner with you. Every morning your baby’s
health care team creates a print out for you called Your Baby’s Daily Update. Your baby’s physician or nurse
practitioner will give it to you or leave it at your baby’s bedside. The update includes the names of the people
who will care for your baby that day, a list of your baby’s medications and your baby’s current nutritional
and respiratory status. Your baby’s health care team will
perform medical rounds every morning. During rounds you and the team will
discuss your baby’s current health and the care plan for that day. This includes treatments, procedures and
identifying any other health care professionals who may be needed to help care for your baby. The team overseen by a neonatologist
implements the care plan throughout the day. We welcome you and your partner to participate
in rounds though doing so is entirely up to you. To learn more about your role at medical rounds
please ask your baby’s nurse for a brochure. You and your partner are an important
part of your baby’s health care team. We encourage you to be involved in
your baby’s care as much as you wish. The NICU participation brochure along with
your baby’s doctor and nurse will provide you with more information about spending
time with your baby in the NICU. We encourage kangaroo care. Skin-to-skin holding that helps you and your
baby bond and supports your baby’s health. Let your doctor or nurse know if
you’re interested in kangaroo care and they can help you get started. When your baby arrives in the NICU,
you are nurses will orient you and explain how each piece of equipment
contributes to your baby’s care. When you come to the NICU, you will see our
staff and other parents working together to keep the NICU as quiet as possible. This promotes the best healing
environment for your baby. A NICU parent lounge and a separate room for breast milk pumping are
available to all NICU parents. If you or your partner don’t live locally
but would like to remain near your baby, your social worker can help with options
to stay overnight close to the hospital. Whether your baby is in the well-baby
nursery, the Packard Intermediate Care Nursery or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, parents
are welcome in our nurseries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the exception
of nursing shift changes. Your nurse will provide you with visitor
information specific to your baby’s nursery. When you or your partner arrives in the nursery,
we’ll ask to see the identification bands that are given to each baby’s parents. Our top priority is protecting
your baby’s health. When you or your visitors arrive, we’ll ask
a few questions to make sure that everyone who enters the nurseries is free of
colds, flu and contagious conditions. Hand washing is especially important. All parents and visitors must wash
their hands before entering a nursery. Once your baby recovers sufficiently and no
longer requires the level of care provided at Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo
Alto, your baby can transition to one of our nurseries closer to your home. Our partner nurseries include Dominican Hospital
in Santa Cruz, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City,
Washington Hospital in Freemont, and Watsonville Community Hospital. Family-centered care means that parents
are core members of our neonatal team. We partner with you to provide the
best care possible for your baby. Our commitment to family-centered care includes
providing you and your family with the support and information you need and incorporating
your input into your baby’s care plan. The parent mentor program is a valuable
family-centered care resource you may find helpful to use. Parent mentors have experience
with neonatal hospitalization. They are trained to provide peer support
to parents of current infant inpatients. If you are interested in
speaking with a parent mentor, please ask your social worker
for more information. From a staff fully committed to providing
family-centered care to comprehensive services, Packard Children’s Hospital nurseries mark
the highest standard of neonatal care.

2 thoughts on “Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Nursery Orientation

  1. The docter,nurses etc need to be paid more then an actor/actress
    Whats more important
    Life or entertainment??
    I choose life

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