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Neonatology


U.S.News & World Report ranks Children's Division of Neonatology among the top ten programs of its kind. The division earned this distinction because of our expertise in the field and because of our family-centered approach to care.

The division's dedicated team includes neonatal specialists in neurology, neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists, and EEG (electroencephalography). As well, your infant has access to physicians at Children's National from more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties.

Whether your infant arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, our team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby needs, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments, and continuing care.

Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The division manages the only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the District and the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2011, the NICU received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The award recognizes the nation's top critical care units across a multitude of hospitals for their commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

As the region's most advanced neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill and premature newborns—even those weighing less than one pound—Children's NICU is a primary referral center and resource for more than 40 hospitals.

Neuro-Intensive Care
One of our strengths is the collaboration between the divisions of Neurology, Radiology, and Neonatology in the brain protection program. Children's National established the first neonatal neuro-intensive care program in the mid-Atlantic region.

Two full-time neonatal neurologists round with the neonatal team to treat patients with neurologic concerns. Children's has one of the largest whole-body cooling programs for infants with hypoxic brain injury (trauma depriving the brain of enough oxygen), and is the only hospital in the area with a MRI-compatible incubator.

Under the supervision of a pediatric neuroradiologist, the MRI-compatible incubator allows us to safely transport and image the brains of our premature infants and sickest newborns.

Children's Medical Transport Team
When your baby needs to be transferred to our NICU, Children's National has the region's only dedicated neonatal transport team. Children's medical transport ambulance and SkyBear helicopter1 services are specially designed for neonatal transport. Children's medical transport team offers the highest level of care for at-risk and sick infants during their journey to the hospital.

Hydrocephalus Treatment at Children's National
Occurring in about one out of every 500 births, hydrocephalus is a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) insidethe head. Children's neurosurgery team treats hundreds of hydrocephalus cases each year, and often provides follow-up care for patients previously treated at another hospital.

Family-Centered Care and Support
We believe that the best care for patients also includes support for their parents and families. You are involved in all decisions affecting treatment and participate alongside the physician, nurses, and therapists in your baby's care program.

We understand too that your family's needs extend beyond decision-making and care giving. Social workers, chaplains, and child life specialists are available to assist with family needs as well, at all stages of treatment.

Children's National was selected in 2005 as the region's first hospital to have the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program. The program provides information and emotional support to families throughout the hospitalization, during the transition to home, and in the event of a newborn death.

The NICU Family Support Program's NICU Parent Advisory Council, composed of former NICU parents, has an integral role in the development of programs, policies, and design of the NICU.

 1 STAT MedEvac, a direct air carrier (E3MA774L) coordinates air ambulance services. STAT MedEvac operates all flights.

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