Exemplary care is the standard in The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
(NICU) which treats and cares for premature babies and their mothers. Though medical professionals nationwide are unsure what has caused the recent increase in premature births, the Children’s Hospital’s NICU has provided the very best in care and the successes have received regional attention. The State of Florida recently determined the unit had the lowest mortality and morbidity rate in the entire state. When compared to similar units in Florida, more babies survive at The Children’s Hospital and more go home without ongoing complications.
Kathy Bridge-Liles, Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services at The Children’s Hospital, has a lot to be proud of, “We are now able to save more preterm, tiny infants that in the past did not have a good chance of survival,” explains Bridge-Liles. “Because of the latest technologies and interventions to help them with breathing, eating and development, we are able to best support them while they’re continuing to grow.”
Accolades for The Children’s Hospital’s NICU don’t stop on the state level. As a member of the Vermont Oxford Network, the NICU works with other units across the nation and the world to develop treatment protocols. The NICU at The Children’s Hospital is the lead research agency for the Sense and Sensibilities program, which uses light and sound to mimic the womb setting. “We know there’s not a better incubator than a mother’s womb,” explained Bridge-Liles. “With dimmed lights, reduced sounds and uninterrupted sleep time, we do everything possible to replicate the womb.”
There is an ongoing six-bed expansion in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, but unfortunately these beds will also fill up quickly. To prevent babies and their families from the increased stress and expense of traveling to Tampa and Miami for treatment, The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida depends greatly on the philanthropic support of the Southwest Florida community. This increased funding will allow the medical staff to continue to save the lives of these very fragile patients.
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