Amazing Together: Providing the Highest Levels of Care to the Tiniest Patients.
Our 72-bed, regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sunrise Children's Hospital serves critically ill newborns and premature infants in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas that require medical or surgical intervention. As a Level III NICU, our NICU is the largest, most comprehensive NICU in the state of Nevada. More than 900 babies a year are cared for in this unit by a comprehensive team of clinical experts.
Newborn Care Team
Our newborn care team is truly amazing together. It includes board-certified neonatologists, specialty-trained neonatal intensive-care nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, charge nurses, respiratory practitioners, social workers, case manager/discharge planner, developmental specialists, lactation specialists and support staff. They all work together, 24/7 as a highly focused team, dedicated to tiny patients and their families.
The NICU uses specialty infant beds designed for the safe monitoring and stable environment that high-risk infants need. To ensure safe medication administration, Sunrise Children's Hospital uses the most advanced pharmacy safety measures and has a dedicated infant/pediatric pharmacy staffed by trained pediatric pharmacists. The teams in the NICU include experts who place specialized IV lines and respond to high-risk newborn deliveries. All these measures ensure the highest levels of care for the most fragile infants.
Treatment and care is state-of-the-art and includes: nitric oxide, high-frequency ventilation, latest methods for surgical and non-surgical treatment for cardiac, neurosurgical and GI conditions.
The NICU is the only unit in Nevada that provides extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for neonates. ECMO is a potentially life-saving technique that mimics the natural function of the heart and lungs, allowing an infant to rest while natural healing of the affected organs takes place. It is used for newborns suffering respiratory and/or cardiac failure as a result of birth defects, trauma or severe infection. The pediatric ICU offers ECMO for babies and children.
NICU Transport Team
The NICU is well-supported by a vast team of pediatric sub-specialists who are available for consultation and treatment. When an infant needs to be transported to Sunrise Children's for care, our Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Team is available at a moment's notice.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital features different amenities, accommodations and resources available to families with a baby in the NICU. In addition, families are provided additional support through child safety and CPR classes as well as sibling classes.