I have a question regarding the NICU and PICU. I know that if a baby at complications during the delivery or has an abnormality at birth they are admitted to the NICU. But at what point is a newborn admitted into the PICU for a serious health matter? I mean is the NICU limited to just "new" newborns? At what point is the baby considered old enough for the PICU??
Apr 5, '07
Although I do not work in either of these units, I have done soem PRN work in our ED where we get lots of kids in and out. I believe our determination here is their weight. Not all the stuff in the NICU is cut out for a big baby, so they go to PICU. I'm not sure what our cutoff is though. Our hosptial does not have L&D, so everyone is admitted either from an outside hospital or through the ED.
Last edit by WSU_Ally_RN on Apr 5, '07
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