High-Risk Newborns - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Only Level 3B Intensive Care Unit Between Dallas and Austin
For more than 25 years, Scott & White has provided specialized care for sick newborns in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Of the 350 NICUs worldwide, the Children's Hospital at Scott & White ranks among the top in survival of these fragile newborns, some weighing less than one pound.
One key to the higher survival rates at Scott & White is involvement from the other pediatric subspecialties here, including pulmonologists, cardiologists, neurologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, hematologist/ oncologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists, ophthalmologists, ENTs, surgeons, plastic surgeons, urologists and radiologists.
Our NICU team consists of six neonatologists, specially-trained neonatal nurse practitioners and transport nurses, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and support staff.
We are equipped to care for as many as 56 newborns — care that begins before they are born.
Specialty Care Services
- High frequency oscillatory ventilation
- High frequency jet ventilation
- High frequency ventilation with a flow interrupter
- Nitric oxide therapy for pulmonary hypertension
- Olympic Cool-Cap® System for brain cooling
- An EEG unit for brain monitoring
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (heart-lung by-pass)
- Surgical services for sick newborns
- Developmental care for the newborn
- Three overnight rooms for parents to spend time learning to care for their newborn
- Isolation unit with negative flow to care for infants with infectious diseases
- TLC (tender loving care) from our staff for our tiny patients and their families