Babies born within the Intermountain West's five-state region with severe, life-threatening conditions are transported to Primary Children's for medical and surgical interventions. Conditions for which newborns are transported include serious congenital birth defects such as defects of the heart, brain, and internal organs. Infants are also transported for sepsis, pulmonary hypertension, and prematurity with additional complications.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Primary Children's offers sophisticated technology to support infants through their life-threatening condition. The NICU has high frequency jet ventilation, nitric oxide, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (a device which circulates and oxygenates blood to allow the infant's heart or lungs to heal), cerebral / regional oximetry to monitor perfusion of specific organs, and total body cooling for brain injury.
The neonatal Life Flight team is comprised of nurses with an average of 15 years of NICU experience before joining the air ambulance service. This team has the capability to transport infants needing nitric oxide and high frequency ventilation during the transfer.
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