CHOC Children’s Surgical NICU Offers Coordinated Treatment Approach

Newborns with surgical needs require special attention, and a feature of CHOC Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides just that.

CHOC’s Surgical NICU, a dedicated space within the NICU, utilizes a comprehensive method to care for these tiny patients with special needs. A coordinated treatment protocol – used in many adult intensive care units nationwide – has shown to result in fewer patient complications, improved outcomes and faster discharges.

At CHOC’s Surgical NICU, babies are grouped together to receive consistent and coordinated care from a multidisciplinary healthcare team. This team includes neonatologists, nurses and surgeons, as well as clinicians ranging from respiratory therapists to nutritionists.

An additional element rounds out the Surgical NICU healthcare team: parents and family. Here, a patient’s family joins clinicians to discuss care plans, share information and make care decisions.

Because the entire CHOC team works together to improve care and communication, each of our patients receives a well-coordinated and consistent treatment plan.

To learn more about the CHOC NICU, please visit http://www.choc.org/nicu/.

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4 thoughts on “CHOC Children’s Surgical NICU Offers Coordinated Treatment Approach”

  1. This makes me wish I could still work as an NICU RN! I’m 52 and disabled now from a nerve injury during hip replacement surgery. Waiting for the lord to tell me what my new assignment is. Bless you all.

  2. My son was a patient at CHOC NICU for six weeks. A perforated intestine caused him to go into septic shock when he was only 2 days old. The first surgery seemed to work for a couple of days but he then required another surgery & wore a colostomy bag till he was 3 months old. Happily he is now 21 years old! The wonderful care at CHOC enabled him to survive & thrive. Thank you!

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