Every room in the Special Care Nursery has multiple pieces of equipment for the care of your baby.
Here are some pictures of each item and information about how we use them to care for your baby:
We have several types of beds in the Special Care Nursery. Each bed is designed to keep your baby warm so he/she can grow and prepare to go home.
This is usually the first type of bed your baby will be in when he/she is first admitted to the Special Care Unit. This is an open bed that has a heater over the top of your baby and has a temperature probe on her tummy to keep your baby warm, but not too warm. This bed is also used for starting IV's and if your baby needs to be observed more for respiratory distress.
An Isolette is a completely enclosed bed that is used to help small babies keep their temperature and decrease stimulation from the noise in the nursery.
The open crib is another type of bed. The open crib is used when:
- Your baby is able to keep his/her own temperature while clothed and wrapped in blankets.
- Your baby does not need close observation.
- Your baby has stopped showing signs of respiratory distress.
Other equipment in your baby's room:
Bag and Mask
The bag and mask unit is used if your baby is having a hard time breathing, if their heart rate is below 60, or your baby needs a little help after being suctioned.
Bili lights are used for decreasing jaundice in babies. We have overhead lights and a bank of lights that fit into an open crib called a bili bed.
Electric breast pumps are used to stimulate breast milk production while your baby is recovering and unable to breast feed. Learn more about breast feeding a baby in the Special Care Nursery.
In the special care nursery we will be measuring your baby's intake and output. This means we will weight each diaper to make sure your baby's kidneys and bowels are working properly and that your baby is getting enough food to grow. Please save all diapers (without wipes) on the scale for your nurse
Each room should have three sizes of gloves: small, medium and large. We do not have latex gloves; all are hypoallergenic and latex-free. Medical personnel use gloves frequently when coming in contact with body fluids.
In addition to gloves, we also require good hand washing to protect your baby from infection.
Our monitors measure four different vital signs on your baby. The nurse will place three stickers on your baby's chest to measure her heart rate and respiratory rate.
The top line on the monitor is measuring your baby’s heart rate. The normal limits for an infant heart rate are 200-90. The bottom number is measuring respiratory rate this needs to be less than 60 for your baby to be safe while eating.
Then your baby will have a red light on either their hand or foot measuring oxygen saturation. Oxygen saturation at our altitude should be above 90%.
The last vital sign the monitor will measure is blood pressure. When your baby is first admitted to the Special Care Nursery, we will check blood pressures on every arm and leg and then every 12 hours after that. These normals all vary based on weight, illness and gestational age. Your doctor will monitor your baby's vital signs closely.
The oxygen blender is attached to the (link to bag and mask)bag and mask (end link)is used to give your baby only the amount of oxygen that is needed to keep his blood well oxygenated. Your doctor determines the oxygen saturation goal.
Every evening, your baby will be weighed to check his/her growth.
Sigma IV Pump
This pump is used to give IV fluid to your baby if he is unable to eat or has low blood sugar.
Suction may be used right after birth to help your baby clear any fluid she may have swallowed during delivery. This is also used if your baby spits up or has secretions in the nose.
This is used to give antibiotics and other medications or IV fluid.
This is used to take your babies temperature. Normally a baby's temperature is between 36.5-37.5 Celsius.