The Division of Neonatology provides services at three facilities: The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Intermountain Medical Center. Two neonatologists provide attending physician coverage during the day at University of Utah Hospital and Primary Children's Hospital, and Intermountain Medical Center.
In-hospital neonatology coverage is provided at all three units 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
University of Utah
The newly renovated 48+ bed NICU provides care for critically-ill newborn infants, delivering specialized care 24/7 to patients at the University Hospitals & Clinics. The unit is designed to provide an appropriate acoustical and visual environment for growing high risk infants.
Services provided span a continuum of care expected for infants with gestational ages ranging from approximately 22 weeks to over 40 weeks and include high frequency ventilatory modes (both jet and oscillator) as well as the use of inhaled Nitric Oxide for pulmonary hypertension.
Most patients are delivered at the contiguous high risk perinatology service at the University Hospital, but the unit also serves as a referral unit for infants born in other hospitals.
As the result of research, new therapies and procedures are presented and performed according to clinical trial protocols. Proposals for new procedures, new and updated standards of care and guidelines, and introduction of new equipment are continually being evaluated.
Primary Children's Hospital
Babies born within the Mountain West's five-state region with severe, life-threatening conditions are transported to Primary Children's Hospital for medical and surgical interventions.
Conditions for which newborns are transported include serious congenital birth defects such as defects of the heart, brain, and internal organs. Infants are also transported for sepsis, pulmonary hypertension, and prematurity with additional complications.
The NICU at Primary Children's Hospital offers sophisticated technology to support infants through their life-threatening condition. The NICU has high frequency jet ventilation and oscillatory, nitric oxide, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (long term heart/lung bypass to allow the infant's heart or lungs time to heal), cerebral/regional oximetry to monitor perfusion of specific organs, and total body cooling for brain injury.
The neonatal Life Flight transport team is comprised of nurses with an average of 15 years of NICU experience before joining the air ambulance service. This team has the capability to transport infants needing nitric oxide and high frequency ventilation during the transfer.
Intermountain Medical Center
Intermountain Medical Center's NICU offers advanced, high-tech care from specially-trained physicians and nurses to save lives and improve outcomes of babies born with complications throughout the Mountain West.
The NICU offers advanced newborn care and some new features designed to make the unit more comfortable for families. The unit offers isolettes connected to the latest neonatal technology, along with privacy and quietness. For parents, this means more privacy with their little ones and a chance to bring in personal touches like photos or toys. Privacy and quietness is better for babies as well.
Babies who are sick and premature need quiet rest with minimal simulation to heal and grow like they would have in their mother's womb.