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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cedars-Sinai is a 45-bed, state-of-the-art facility designed to address the needs of critically ill babies, premature newborns or infants requiring close observation. The Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a designated California Children's Services Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Because the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a Level 3C provider of newborn services, babies born at Cedars-Sinai never need to be transported out of the medical center for a higher level of care. The NICU also treats babies delivered elsewhere and transferred to Cedars-Sinai for care. Between those born inside and outside Cedars-Sinai, approximately 750 babies are cared for in the NICU each year.
Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai have 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week access to in-house neonatologists. All Cedars-Sinai neonatologists are board-certified specialists who have met the requirements of education, training and experience to care for California Children's Services patients. The unit provides access to consultants, surgeons and support services that allow treatment across the full range of neonatal problems. It provides four levels of care including:
- Continuing care
The NICU is equipped with the latest technology and offers the most modern treatment modalities to provide the highest level of care. All high-risk infants are followed up after their discharge from the unit.
Specific quality-of-care measures at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai are described below. To learn more about how patient families evaluated their experience at the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, see the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient Satisfaction page.
Neonatal Mortality Rate
The table below shows how Cedars-Sinai's neonatal mortality rate compares with that of other Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the nation.
A lower percentage is better than a higher one.
|Neonatal Mortality Rate||Cedars-Sinai 2014||2013 Vital Statistics, Pediatrics, June 2015|
|The Neonatal Mortality Rate reflects the percent of babies who do not survive beyond the first 28 days of life.||0.37%||0.40%|
Quality Measures for Very Low Birth Weight Babies
Babies who weigh from 500 to 1,500 grams (1.1 to 3.3 pounds) at birth have special challenges that must be overcome if they are to survive. The following table shows factors that are measured to determine the quality of care provided to very low birth weight babies.
A low percentage is better than a high percentage.
|Quality Measures for
Very Low Birth Weight Babies
|Cedars-Sinai 2014||*2014 National Average for Level III VON|
|Chronic Lung Disease. This reflects the percentage of very low birth weight babies who need continuous supplemental oxygen support||27.6%||25.8%|
|Intraventricular Hemorrhage. This reflects the percentage of very low birth weight babies who have severe bleeding in the ventricles of the brain.||11.9%||6.6%|
|Periventricular Leukomalacia: The percentage of very low birth weight babies whose brains develop multiple small cysts in the white matter.||5.1%||2.6%|
|Nosocomial Infection: This reflects the percentage of very low birth weight babies who have acquired infections in the hospital||6.6%||12.9%|
|Hearing Loss. The percentage of very low birth weight babies who fail an initial hearing screen exam.||0.0%||N/A|
|Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity: The percentage of very low birth weight babies with abnormal development of retinal blood vessels.||6.7%||6.3%|