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Neonatology Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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A critcally ill newborn finds the right treatment options at Children's Mercy Kansas City.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides comprehensive expertise and the most advanced technology in the region to care for critically ill newborns. We are the region's only Level IV NICU and provide a high level of capacity with more than 80 beds. 

Neonatal ICU Staff

Our patients receive 24/7 care from a comprehensive team of clinical experts, including more than 25 neonatologists with a wide variety of clinical and research interests, more than 60 neonatal nurse practitioners, and more than 250 registered nurses. Families also receive support from social workers, nutrition specialists, a lactation team, respiratory technicians, and pharmacists.

NICU Programs

Our services are supported by more than 400 pediatric newborn medicine subspecialists employed by Children's Mercy. This expertise includes the latest medical and surgical services along with a top-notch transport program to provide broad access to outstanding pediatric intensive care. 

Department Highlights

  • We are the region's only Level IV NICU, supported by more than 400 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists.
  • Our transport program is one of the most advanced in the region with one twin-propeller plane, one helicopter, and nine ambulances.
  • Our Fetal Health Center offers some of the most specialized care in the U.S. for high-risk babies before, during, and after the delivery process.

Services Offered

  • Integrated medical and surgical service for complex fetal birth defects
  • Cardiovascular surgery and perfusion
  • Full range of mechanical ventilation
  • Surfactant replacement
  • Inhaled nitric oxide
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • High-risk delivery attendance
  • Therapeutic whole body cooling
  • Neonatal Outreach Education
  • Emergency neonatal consultation
  • Genetic and metabolic evaluation and counseling
  • Inpatient management of intermediately ill newborns
  • Pain management
  • Neonatal nutrition
  • Pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Lactation

Commonly Treated Diagnoses

  • Acute respiratory disorders
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Birth transitional disorders
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Congenital infections
  • Encephalopathy
  • Fetal birth defects
  • Genetic disorders
  • Low birth-weight/preterm newborns
  • Lung defects
  • Meconium aspiration
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Sepsis/meningitis
  • Transient tachypnea

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