Inside the NICUs
Connecticut Children’s owns and operates two NICUs: one at Hartford Hospital and one at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Both NICUs are staffed 24/7 with neonatal medical and surgical subspecialists, experienced midlevel practitioners, pediatric residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, developmental specialists, social workers, and others trained to identify and address your baby’s and family’s medical and support needs.
The site of your baby’s hospital will depend upon the hospital in which you gave birth and your baby’s specific medical needs.
Connecticut Children’s NICU at Hartford Hospital
With a Level 4 designation, Connecticut Children’s NICU at Hartford Hospital provides the same neonatal care as a Level 3 facility along with additional specialized medical and surgical services.
A Level 4 NICU cares for newborns that need major surgery including repair of complex congenital defects and cardiac surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. In addition, Connecticut Children’s NICU at Hartford Hospital provides extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a cutting-edge treatment that delivers oxygen to the body temporarily replacing the functions of the heart and lungs.
Connecticut Children’s NICU at the University of Connecticut Health Center
With a Level 3 designation, Connecticut Children’s NICU at the University of Connecticut Health Center provides comprehensive care to critically ill infants and offers advanced respiratory support such as inhaled nitric oxide and high frequency ventilation. Access to a full range of pediatric medical subspecialties is available along with advanced imaging technologies.
Rounding is the practice of having the care team of physicians, mid-level practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), nurses, and other staff meet at your baby’s bedside to discuss his or her medical condition, plan of care, and updates. As you are the most important caregiver in your baby’s world, parents are encouraged to participate in rounds as often as possible to share concerns, ask questions and learn more about your baby’s care.