CHOP Newborn Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) provides board-certified neonatologists from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who care for premature and sick babies in the Intensive Care Nursery at HUP.
The Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) treats critically ill infants from all over the region. The hospital delivers approximately 3,500 babies per year, and the ICN has about 800 total admissions per year.
The ICN team has expertise in the resuscitation of infants with complex congenital malformations including complex congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital cystic adenomatous malformation, abdominal wall defects, and hydrops fetalis.
The 36- to 40-bed ICN is staffed by neonatologists, fellows, pediatric residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Infants in the ICN may receive care from subspecialists including those from cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonary, hematology, genetics and infectious diseases. Ophthalmologists perform routine weekly eye examinations and laser therapy as needed for retinopathy of prematurity. Cardiothoracic surgeons are available to perform PDA litigations in the ICN.
The hospital's ICN receives infant transports to accommodate the increased referral needs for RDS management, ROP surgery, genetic evaluations and neonatal stroke work-up.