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Published on August 02, 2012

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides top-level care

Spartanburg Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of only five Regional Perinatal Centers South Carolina. At this DHEC-designated level, Spartanburg Medical Center’s NICU takes care of and treats the smallest and sickest infants.

Ten to 15 percent of all newborn babies require care in a NICU, and in South Carolina, premature births are on an upward trend. On average, 360 babies are admitted annually here at Spartanburg Medical Center. Twins and triplets are more often admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single-birth babies. Other babies with medical conditions such as breathing problems, heart problems, infections and birth defects are also cared for in the NICU.

The NICU has the capabilities to provide comprehensive care for extremely low-birth-weight infants, advanced respiratory support, state-of-the-art advanced head cooling procedures as needed, advanced imaging, pediatric surgical specialists and a multitude of other disciplines.

Overall, a Level III NICU is an advanced specialty facility, staffed with neonatologists, RNs, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, rehab therapists, lactation consultants and other staff specially trained to care for the most critically ill and tiniest babies.

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