Facts About Your NICU

Facts About our NICU

Kaweah Delta Medical Center's NICU:
  • 23-bed, Level II NICU
  • Caring for babies born as early as 26 weeks gestation or 1,000 or more grams.
  • Community Level Designated by California Children's Services.
  • Providing routine and high-frequency ventilator care.
  • Only hospital in Tulare and Kings counties to house a Neonatal Retcam System.Offering respiratory services with:
Ventilators
Oscillators
CPAP
High-flow nasal cannula



Meet Kaweah Delta's interdisciplinary team:
Our team meets weekly to discuss each patient's plan of care. Families are encouraged to participate since they are the most important part of the team. Our NICU team must include:
  • Two CCS-paneled neonatologists
  • A clinical nurse specialist
  • A respiratory care practitioner on every shift (24-7)
  • A CCS-paneled medical social worker with current experience and practice in neonatal care.
  • A CCS-paneled clinical registered dietitian
  • A CCS-paneled occupational therapist
  • A CCS-paneled Speech Therapist
  • A dedicated developmental care nurse
  • A CCS-paneled physical therapist
  • CLCs who provide lactation assistance
Kaweah Delta's NICU By The Numbers
  • 466 admissions in 2011
  • 4,146 total births in 2011
  • 2 full-time Neonatologists leading patient care
  • 24/7 in-house pediatric hospitalist caring for pediatric & neonatal patients
  • 24/7 bedside care provided by highly-trained NICU nursing staff
Frequently Asked Questions about Kaweah Delta Medical Center's NICU 

Question: What are NICU visiting hours? 
Answer: Visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., daily. We are closed to visitors from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.  and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Only people with green bands are allowed in the NICU after 9 p.m. Please note: in urgent situations we may briefly close to provide the best care possible to our patients.

Question: Who may visit the NICU? 
Answer: To visit the NICU, you must be over the age of 12. Only two people can be at the baby's bedside at one time. One of them must have a green band on (bands are given to parents/legal guardians). Other visitors may wait in the downstairs lobby, which is available for their comfort. During the cold and flu season only parents/legal guardians (or people with green bands) will be allowed in the NICU.

Question: What do the green bands represent and how do I get one? 
Answer: To keep babies safe and to maintain confidentiality, parents are given a green band and an identification number when they enter the unit. When parents enter the NICU, they are asked to show the band.

Question: If I am sick, should I visit the NICU? 
Answer: If you are sick or you think you may be sick, please talk to a nurse before coming into the unit.

Question: Can I use my cell phone in the NICU? 
Answer: No. Due to the possible interference with medical equipment, cell phones may not be used in patient care areas. They may be used in the waiting room, if necessary.