A major transformation of Broward Health Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) now gives low-weight newborns an even better opportunity to survive and thrive. Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. has turned its multi-incubator NICU layout into an all-private-room setting and equipped the rooms with high-tech machinery. Rather than spending days or months in an open space setting with other premature or sick babies, each newborn now gets his own private or semi-private room, own medical team and accommodations for the family. “We take the most critical of the critical,” said Dr. Johny Tryzmel, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist and medical director of the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital NICU. Tryzmel said the private room setting not only protects fragile babies better from infections, it also provides better bonding between parents and child, some who spend as much as three months in the hospital. “We try to involve the parents in the daily routine so when they go home with the baby, they will know what to do,” he said. With more privacy, doctors talk to the families at the baby’s bedside and have more candid and spontaneous conversations about medical care, he said. “The family is involved in the care with a whole team,” Tryzmel said. And with the new design and more parent involvement, he feels more comfortable discharging babies from the NICU knowing their parents can care well for them. “For me, I’m most proud to send a healthy baby home,” he said.

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