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Additional Space, State-of-the-Art Equipment in Newly Remodeled Nursery

July 18, 2008

A new nursery at Bozeman Deaconess offers a serene and supportive environment for the growing number of new babies born here in the Gallatin Valley. The newly remodeled area reveals additional space and more advanced, specialized equipment. "It gives us a greater ability to care for all babies, especially those that need special care," says Susan Connell, Maternal–Newborn department manager. "We're especially fortunate to have the latest state-of-the-art equipment. That equipment, when combined with our outstanding nursing staff, makes for a wonderful birthing experience here at Bozeman Deaconess."

The expanded nursery has the capability to care for six "increased care" babies and 20 well babies. In addition, it features the premiere Giraffe® warmer for neonatal intensive care. The sleek, modern design of the warmers improves clinician and parent access to the infant, removing overhead obstacles while providing uniform heat across the entire mattress. The resuscitation system, with oxygen and suction built right into the equipment, ensures that emergent care is readily available at all times. The hands free alarm allows a clinician to silence alarms with a wave of their hand to not disturb the infant; clinicians can stay gloved during procedures and no longer need to call for help just to silence an alarm. In fact, the Giraffe warmers recently were awarded a medical design excellence award.

Also new, according to Megan Schott, RN, is an isolation room that offers a quiet, personal space—very important for optimal growth for premature babies. Parents may visit the Nursery 24/7. The new nursery features a central open space workstation along with six new electronic heart, respiration and oxygen rate monitors.

Coming later this year, the Maternal Newborn department will launch "online computer charting electronic health records for both infant and mothers," announced Connell. "Nurses will chart at the patient bedside," says Connell. That means patient health information will be available on demand when a patient arrives for follow-up appointments and is easily accessible to send to other hospitals featuring electronic health records throughout the nation at the patient's request.

The remodel and new technology in the Maternal Newborn department were funded through donations to the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation.
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