A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Our Newborn Service specialists at The GW Medical Faculty Associates deliver care at GW Hospital’s Level Three Neonatal ICU. It is an advanced facility, fully equipped to support babies born prematurely, with birth defects or congenital malformations, or with gastrointestinal or blood disorders or infections. Board-certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists and nursing specialists, lactation consultants and technicians work as a team to deliver family-centered, comprehensive care.
Our Mother-Baby Unit
We provide compassionate family-centered care for all mothers and their newborn infants delivered at the George Washington University Hospital that focuses on a successful transition from hospital to home environment. From the first moment after birth, we aim to foster the mother-baby bond through skin-to-skin contact and avoid separation. In cases of normal vaginal deliveries, we immediately put the newborn on the mother’s abdomen and allow delayed cord clamping, which is correlated with improved outcomes. We care for both mother and her newborn in the same room, with the same nurse. We strongly believe in keeping mother and baby together, thus a board certified pediatrician conducts daily rounds in the mother’s room- to avoid interruptions in bonding. If the newborn needs further medical intervention such as intravenous antibiotics, blood sugar checks or phototherapy, we provide these treatments while the newborn is with the mother in the same room.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our team of board-certified, fellowship trained neonatologists provide family-centered, comprehensive, and state of the art neonatal care for critically ill or extremely premature neonates at GWU Hospital’s Level III NICU. We use a non-invasive approach in handling these fragile neonates and we believe the less we intervene, the better their outcomes.
Some of the conditions we care for at our NICU include:
- Hypoglycemia and infants of diabetic mothers
- Hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice
- Neonatal sepsis or septic shock
- Birth Asphyxia and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Multiple gestations (twins and triplets)
- Respiratory distress syndrome of prematurity
- Meconium aspiration syndrome and pulmonary failure
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
- Pulmonary hemorrhage
- Apnea of prematurity
- Gastro-esophageal reflux of prematurity
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Care for extremely premature infants to the edge of viability
- Feeding difficulty in premature infants and those in need of tube feeding and total parenteral nutrition
Our Neonatal ICU offers the following specialized management and treatment programs:
Bubble CPAP and Non-invasive respiratory management to reduce chances to develop chronic lung disease (CLD) in premature infants
- our CLD rate is one of the lowest in the nation
- however, we are able to provide sick newborns with pulmonary compromise complete respiratory support including mechanical ventilation, high frequency oscillation and inhaled nitric oxide
- Special infection control measures to reduce central line acquired infection
- Donor breast milk bank program and lactation consultations
- Developmentally appropriate infant-driven feeding protocols to improve chances for early and successful feeding by mouth.
- Five stars Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) reduction program to reduce gut infection in premature infants
- Total body cooling for infants with birth asphyxia
- Nitric oxide inhalation therapy for difficult cases of persistent pulmonary hypertension
- Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) reduction program
- Developmentally-friendly NICU environment with ‘quiet and dimmed-light’ policy
- In addition to our certified neonatologists, other specialties needed to care for our premature neonates include: certified neonatal nurses, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, feeding specialists, respiratory therapists, lactation consultants, social services specialist and case managers.