Specialized Care for High-Risk Babies
Although most parents can bring their newborns home within a day or two of birth, some infants may be born prematurely or have needs and conditions that require specialized medical care.
When this occurs, the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Henderson Hospital is ready to provide the care they need. The Level III NICU is equipped with advanced medical technology.
Caring for Premature Babies
Henderson Hospital treats babies who are as young as 23 weeks gestational age. Our Level III NICU is designed to provide care for premature and sick babies using advanced technology.
Our staff includes neonatologists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers and breastfeeding specialists, all specially trained to work with infants in the NICU. Your baby's care team will coordinate any necessary consultations with other specialists.
Find a Doctor
If you need a referral to a physician who is affiliated with Henderson Hospital, call our free physician referral service at 702-388-4888.
Specialty Equipment for High-risk Infants
The Level III NICU at Henderson Hospital has specialty equipment designed for high-risk infants, including:
- Cardiac monitors to ensure that heartbeats are at the correct speed and rhythm
- Respiratory monitors to measure breathing rates and patterns
- Pulse oximeters to check oxygen levels in the blood
- Intravenous (IV) and peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines to administer medications
- Umbilical catheters to monitor fluids and for lab tests
- Feeding tubes for babies who are too sick or premature to eat
- Phototherapy for babies who have jaundice*
- Respiratory equipment, such as nasal cannulas and ventilators
- Advanced ventilation equipment, which can include high frequency oscillation and nitric oxide therapy
*Jaundice, while not uncommon in newborns, can lead to permanent and disabling health consequences when not diagnosed and treated promptly. Contact your pediatrician immediately if you notice yellowing of your infant's skin or eyes.
The NICU staff at Henderson Hospital promotes family-centered care, such as:
- Skin-to-skin care with babies and parents
- Breastfeeding support for mothers and developmental care for babies
- Clustered care and minimal handling to help babies receive uninterrupted periods of sleep
Special Care for Your Baby's Needs
The Level III NICU offers the following special care and services:
- Neonatalogist coverage 24 hours a day, seven days per week
- Giraffe OmniBeds that serve as both an incubator and radiant warmer with a rotating mattress
- Dedicated waiting area for NICU parents
- Overnight accommodations for parents prior to their baby's discharge, as available
- Flexible visiting hours