Donations help neonatal staff treat smallest patients
Most expectant parents eagerly await the arrival of a child. When that child is suffering from a serious illness or faces difficulties thriving, however, that day — and the days that follow — can be filled with fear and anticipation. Fortunately, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and neonatal special care unit (NSCU) at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital are well-equipped to handle these situations.
Children’s Miracle Network recently funded more than $250,000 for state-of-the-art equipment and technology to be used for neonatal patients.
The funding included items such as a transcutaneous oxygen monitor and bedside cerebral monitors, as well as an infant resuscitator and other necessary equipment. It also included an upgrade for the NICU transport ambulance and upgrades for high-frequency jet ventilators.
One of the most interesting additions provided through Children’s Miracle Network funds, however, is a brain cooling system that was just recently approved by the FDA. When used within the first six hours after birth, this device can help full-term or near-term babies who are near death, either without a heart rate or with a slow heart rate. The specialized water bonnet cools a newborn’s brain from the outside in to decrease any neurological damage from oxygen deprivation.
With funding for items such as these, Children’s Miracle Network will continue to complement the skill of Janet Weis Children’s Hospital neonatologists and nurses.