ABOUT THE NICU
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is also sometimes called a Special Care Nursery. It is an intensive care facility designed specifically for sick newborns who need specialized medical attention. The NICU is outfitted with equipment designed especially for the smallest patients and staffed by personnel with expertise in infant care. Babies are admitted to the NICU for many reasons. About half are premature, while the remainder have a variety of illnesses, infections or congenital anomalies. Some infants spend a few days in the NICU, while extremely premature infants and those with more serious medical ailments require much longer stays.