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.
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CHOC Hospital was named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ranked in the neonatology specialty.