Dell Children’s now designated Level IV NICU center
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has achieved a Level IV designation for its neonatal intensive care unit from the Texas Department of State Health Services. It’s the 12th NICU in the state to be given that status.
“This designation highlights our commitment to providing a full scope of medical and surgical services to newborns who need specialized care,” said Dr. John Loyd chief of neonatology at Dell Children’s.
St. David’s Medical Center also has a Level IV designation, and its North Austin sibling has a level III designation.
What’s the difference between the two?
Level IV facilities have specialists available 24 hours a day and are able to handle the most complex cases including cardiac and pulmonary surgical needs as well as emergency surgeries. These facilities can handle babies who are born prematurely, have a trauma at birth, have a genetic defect or have a serious contagious illness or a drug withdrawal.
State of Texas guidelines now require all NICUs to undergo evaluation to make sure they are meeting the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.