Transport Team at Cy-Fair’s Level III Neonatal ICU 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Thursday, 11 March 2010 

Making special deliveries is the primary focus of the Neonatal Transport Team at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. The team serves as a ground transport unit for area hospital facilities that are not currently operating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) themselves.

“Transport to Cy-Fair’s Level III NICU is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Lisa Cox, RN, director of the nursing for the hospital’s Women’s Health Center. “When the call comes in, our team springs in to action deploying a dedicated transport isolette with the necessary respiratory equipment, monitoring systems, and special medications to help stabilize the baby for transport.”

The transport team, consisting of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical technicians, function under the direction of the neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners associated with Cy-Fair Hospital’s Women’s Health Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  “Cy-Fair takes the care of NICU babies very seriously, and our dedicated team works endless hours to ensure that each baby receives the care it needs,” says Sandra Chaveleh, RN, MBA, nursing manager of Cy-Fair Hospital’s NICU.

The Level III NICU at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is equipped to care for some of the sickest, tiniest of babies who may need specialized treatment for infections, birth defects, breathing difficulties, growth restriction, and maternal health problems. “In addition to extremely premature and low birth weight babies, sicker full-term babies can be cared for in the NICU for a variety of conditions, including anemia, jaundice, seizures, low blood sugar, or breathing difficulties,” explains Chaveleh.

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