(gentle music) – [Narrator] Choosing the best
and safest place to deliver is the first big gift you give your baby. You need a hospital
that’s ready for anything, and at Eastern Idaho
Regional Medical Center, we deliver. Ordinarily, childbirth
is a safe, normal part of the human experience. Few moms expect a difficult pregnancy, and even fewer plan to need the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, yet a full 12% of pregnant
women and their babies end up needing more
highly specialized help than they expected. Some pregnancies are risky from the start, and even the most normal ones can become complicated in a matter of minutes. Even though we hope
you’ll never need them, that’s why EIRMC provides the region’s only specialists in
perinatology and neonatology, just in case. And it’s also why we built a brand new, 26-bed NICU in 2011,
totally equipped to care for even the tiniest, most fragile babies. These unique capabilities set EIRMC apart as the premier place to have a baby, in all of eastern Idaho, western Wyoming and southern Montana. In fact, the nearest
hospital with equivalent capabilities is 180
miles from Idaho Falls. Hundreds of babies are rushed to EIRMC for life-saving specialty
services not available in the local and regional hospitals where their mothers delivered. The last thing you want is to be separated from your baby when they need you most. We hope you’ll never
need all that extra help, but if you do, we’re here. (gentle music) Often, the need for NICU
comes from prematurity, but some full term babies
also require advanced support. EIRMC’s NICU has a level 3B designation, which means we have the
capability to care for babies as young as 22 weeks gestation
and as small as 450 grams. That’s only about one pound, or the size of a bottle of water. It takes a whole team of dedicated experts to help babies born too soon. Neonatologists, nurses,
respiratory therapists, pharmacists and dieticians
use their training to meet developmental needs of babies. Severely premature babies can’t tolerate too much simulation. After initial resuscitation
and stabilization, the goal becomes to support
the babies development, without unnecessary stimulation. The area’s only neonatologists
continuously guide the care of our tiniest patients
through this fragile stage. Neonatologists are
pediatricians with many years of additional subspecialty training. Light, noise, humidity and touch are all carefully monitored and regulated. Our omnibed isolettes are rooms on wheels, replicating the conditions
of the mother’s uterus, and allowing the baby
to develop almost as if it were still undelivered. The unique beds feature
poptops and lazy Susan style mattresses, allowing easy
access when we provide care, but with minimal stress for baby. And, because we know
twins have a unique bond, even at birth, sibling sets can often co-bed with each other. They take comfort in
the skin to skin contact with each other, just
as they did in the womb. Sensors and monitors report
the infant’s current condition. Ventilators and oscillators
provide warm, wet air in a mix perfectly blended for baby’s current lung conditions. We use nitric oxide to
dilate the baby’s lung beds, and help oxygen move into the body. This makes a huge difference
in breathing ability, and in our region, only
EIRMC offers this therapy. After a traumatic birth,
cool cap equipment allows us to cool the baby’s brain immediately following delivery. That halts brain damage and preserves brain and nerve tissue
while the baby’s overall medical condition is stabilized. Then, the same technology
allows us to rewarm the brain when the baby’s ready. One complication of prematurity
can be vision difficulties, but we’re set up to minimize that. Our RetCam analyses eye development so we can quickly identify any problems and intervene for long-term benefit. Infrared spectrometry
lets us precisely monitor the adequacy of blood flow
to the brain and kidneys, and to support it if the baby’s own body needs a little more help. Photo therapy, the use
of high-intensity light, is how we treat liver
prematurity and severe jaundice. And sophisticated NICU technology lets us accurately microdose crucial medications in amounts so tiny, they could
fit on the head of a pin. The investment in equipment
alone, in a single NICU bay, can exceed $100,000. And it’s so worthwhile for all the babies who have a rough start but go on to live a normal, healthy life. Some babies stay in
our care for as long as three to four months, and our hospital becomes a home away from
home for many parents. Knowing parents are anxious, we make this time more
convenient and less stressful in many ways. You’ll find a family
kitchen, so you can bring in and prepare your own food. Our business center for parents, complete with phones,
computers, wireless internet, a fax machine, copier and scanner, means you can handle some of
your work responsibilities while staying close to your baby. You can also stay connected
with out of town loved ones, and provide online updates. That’s important because
parents are an integral part of the care team from the very beginning. As NICU babies strengthen and grow, before long, they happy
thought of taking baby home takes center stage. To lessen worries about being on your own, we use our transition apartments as a dress rehearsal for home. Mom and Dad stay for several nights, enjoying home-like amenities, while taking charge of their baby’s care. This time is an invaluable
confidence builder, as parents learn to use
any necessary equipment, and practice what it’ll
be like once they’re home and parents have the peace of mind knowing the experts are just steps
away if help is needed. Even after the family goes home, our staff is just a phone call away, 24/7, to answer questions, provide reassurance and fully support your new family. Our hospital is a beautiful place for health and healing. A perfect place for
births to go just right, and the safest place
for mothers and babies who might need a little more. Tell your doctor you
want to deliver at EIRMC.

19 thoughts on “NICU Tour

  1. I have started a video series on my channel called The Preemie Project. It's a project that helps support nicu families and families facing a pregnancy complication. I decided to start this after my son was born prematurely due to IC and PPROM. Even though my family and I have faced many obstacles I wanted something positive to come out of our journey together so that is when I started the preemie project. If you're interested in joining or following come see us and subscribe!! -Chrissy

  2. My twins were just 3 1/2 weeks early, my daughter was fine but my son went to nicu for 11 days due to PPHN, then obviously to learn to feed. He was 7lbs 1oz born and slipped down to 6lbs 3oz. You'd never know now, they're 6 months and my son is about 20lbs!!

  3. What is that you put on the baby's face for nasogastric catheter at 2:09 ? We are using plaster which we use alcohol when we take it off. How do you take it off ? Easily or using by something which less harmful than alcohol ? Also tegaderm is using but not common in here

  4. Our NICU was great, don't get me wrong, but I wish they had some of the amenities that this NICU has. My daughter was born at 31 weeks with nearly no blood (hemoglobin at 3) and received 6 blood transfusions and spent a month in the NICU. I would have loved to be able to stay a couple nights before she went home. I was so scared of taking her home and worrying about something happening to her. It would have given me more confidence in being able to do it on my own if I would have had the chance to do it with nurses near by first. But it worked out fine! Now she's 15 months, 20 lbs and just started walking!! ^_^

  5. The NICU my quads stayed at was amazing. They keep the two girls in the same bed and the two boys in the same bed. They would give us detailed updates on everything about the babies and they nurses really put the babies before themselves. I also loved how they let the parents be so envolved with everything from feedings, diaper changes, clothes changes, giving medicine, changing bedsheets and blankets and anything else.

  6. My little cousin grew up for a few months in the NICU and I was very young to not fully understand what the doctors and nurses did

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