Generous Gift Fosters Comfort for Newborns in Need of Advanced Care

New Panda Warmers are in use on Birthways unit, in Emergency Department

Nurse and baby in the current shared NICU space in Birthways at Mary GreeleyA generous gift from Variety – The Children’s Charity is providing additional comfort and safety for newborns in need of extra attention on Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Birthways unit. With grant funds, the medical center recently purchased six new Panda Warmers for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The mobile units are also available for use at the bedside when needed.

The Panda Warmers provide a number of benefits to newborns requiring advanced intervention upon delivery, as well as to caregivers and parents.

Because newborns are often more sensitive to hypothermia, this advanced equipment is critical to their care. Whether needed for a quick intervention before they are swaddled and snuggled up with their mother, or for an extended stay that may require advanced therapies, the unit ensures babies are kept warm and free of an unnecessary obstruction.

“Our previous warmers were stationary and did not provide the mobility that the Panda warmers offer,” says Amy Dagestad MBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC, RNC-OB, Director, Maternal Child Services. “This meant that a baby delivered in need of advanced care had to be removed from the new parents to be cared for in the NICU. That separation caused stress on all involved.”

“The fact that the new Panda Warmers can be wheeled into the delivery room greatly enhances the efficiency of care we are able to deliver to newborns in need of immediate intervention at the bedside,” Dagestad continues. “It improves communication between physicians, nurses and the new parents, ensuring we are all on the same page. And, in many cases, this significantly reduces the apprehension and concern from parents that can result when a newborn must be removed from the birthing suite to receive advanced care.”

All babies needing NICU-level services are placed in a warmer immediately after delivery to ensure their safety and comfort as physicians and nurses assess their condition and deliver care. If they need to be admitted to the NICU, these babies remain in the warmer in the NICU as they gain the strength required to go home.

For caregivers, the warmers provide a single solution to assess and treat babies in need. Most notably, the direct heat application keeps babies warm, the compact and portable design offers more room to work than traditional options, and the full color monitor displays vital signs in an easy-to-read format.

In addition to the Panda Warmers being used on the Birthways unit, the medical center also has one to help deliver critical care for newborns who present at the Emergency Department.

“Variety – The Children’s Charity has long been a vital supporter of Mary Greeley Medical Center,” says Mary Greeley Foundation Executive Director Melissa McGarry. “Time and again, they have delivered generous grants enabling the purchase of equipment and service enhancements that have made a significant difference in the lives of our youngest—and often most vulnerable—patients.”

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