The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) is a 36 bed intensive care unit providing tertiary care to critically-ill newborns. Care is divided into two medical teams, each with a Division of Neonatology attending, fellow, and a front line clinician, together with housestaff from the CHOP Pediatric Residency Program. High risk patients are also assigned care according to a primary nursing model. There are unit-based respiratory therapists, neonatal nutritionists and a neonatal satellite pharmacist.
Conventional and high frequency ventilation as well as inhaled nitric oxide therapy are available with the HUP ICN. CHOP pediatric subspecialists provide specialty consultation as needed. Ligations of the ductus arteriosus (PDA ligation) and laser treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity are performed on-site. Infants requiring other surgical procedures are transferred to CHOP.