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Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Newborns needing critical tertiary and quaternary care -- most often premature babies suffering from respiratory and circulatory problems -- can be admitted just minutes after birth. Our 67-bed NICU includes four multi-patient rooms, six single care rooms, four private rooms for "rooming in," and two four-bed suites. The unit also features a two-bed Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) unit. The life-saving ECMO unit is the only one of its kind in Orange County and CHOC also offers Orange County's only ECMO transport unit.

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. In the US, nearly 13 percent of babies are born preterm, and many of these babies also have low birthweights. Twins, triplets, and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections, or birth defects are also cared for in the NICU.

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Admission to the NICU - CHOC Children's Admission to the NICU - CHOC Children's
As the family of a baby in the CHOC Children’s NICU, you are now part of our family. We are committed to partnering with families to provide the specialized care that premature babies and sick babies need to grow.
Visiting Hours in the NICU - CHOC Children's Visiting Hours in the NICU - CHOC Children's
Parents and legal guardians are welcome in the NICU anytime of the day or night, with exception of shift change. Siblings two years and older who are feeling well and are free of cold, cough, fever or any communicable diseases are welcome in the unit.
Surrogates in the NICU - CHOC Children's Surrogates in the NICU - CHOC Children's
We understand that there will be times when you cannot be with your baby in the NICU. During those times we invite you to identify four surrogates, people that can be there with your baby while you are away.
Handwashing - CHOC Children's Handwashing - CHOC Children's
One of the most important things you can do to help your baby stay healthy is hand washing. It is the single most vital way to prevent the spread of infection.
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