Based on hospital and physician guidelines, if your grandchild must go to NICU, you will find that he or she will be in the capable hands of the NICU Staff.
Before you begin this NICU experience, please remember to follow the NICU Instructions to protect and keep the babies safe until they leave to go home.
It is my understanding
that most NICU programs follow rigorous protocol in order to ensure the
safety of the preemies.
Before birth, the parents register a limited number of guests
that can visit their children. In this hospital only 2 people beyond the parents were allowed in a pod for a limited time frame of 20 minutes. We were required to check into the NICU station each time we visited our grandsons. This protects the privacy of the parents and their children.
As we entered this guarded area, NICU Instructions were posted explained and we pledged to follow each time we entered this area.
Of course, primary on the list, is the hand washing procedures that are covered more thoroughly below in the paragraph on "NICU Instructions: To Ensure the Safety of our Babies." Please read!
The individual pods (aka: podetts) are very small cubicles (approximately 8 feet deep and 7 feet across) allowing only enough room for a chair for feeding or nursing, the warming bed or incubator, a small cart for the essentials, and then one straight back chair!
Of course there are IV poles attached to the bed, monitors on the walls, and so many other medical devices that were distributed throughout each small space. Due to this limited space, don’t carry unnecessary items into that area, you can place in provided lockers just outside the area.
Handwashing procedures are so important! Follow these instructions carefully!
Handwashing is so important in keeping MRSA under control!
According to these Instructions, this was the procedure we always followed to ensure the safety of our babies:
According to NICU policy, before a baby can leave the NICU, there are specific guidelines to achieve.
So much stress on a little one struggling to continue life!
However, one of the greatest joys in your life will be to have your grandchild go home from NICU!
Words can't express how much you will appreciate the NICU Staff and their expertise in helping your grandbaby grow and reach the point where they can go home.
These professionals can instruct you on the basics of baby care and answer any questions that you might have about your grandchild.
It is a blessing to have a dedicated staff that is only interested in the well-being and health of each baby!
Please share your fears, concerns and any additional instructions that you and the new parents were given when entering NICU or while your grandchild was in a pod. This information will be extremely helpful to others just entering this area!