Name a NICU product you couldn't do without

  1. Hi all,

    Pretty much every one of us uses a tool/product of some kind that we can't function without. So what's yours?

    For me, it's my trusty Neofax and Care of the Sick Neonate......


    Stevern21
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    Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in Neonatal ICU (Cardiothoracic)

    37 Comments

  3. by   prmenrs
    A binky. aka, pacifier, soother....

    Last edit by prmenrs on Oct 16, '06
  4. by   Jolie
    Fentanyl. Just kidding. Sort of!
  5. by   Humbled_Nurse
    I would have to say Surfactant! I think it would have been much more challenging to work NICU pre-Surfactant.
  6. by   prmenrs
    Quote from Humbled_Nurse
    I would have to say Surfactant! I think it would have been much more challenging to work NICU pre-Surfactant.
    You are soooo right! It definitely was.
  7. by   prmenrs
    Jelcos. The pre-safety needle kind. Please, dear Lord, don't let them not make them!
  8. by   Gompers
    Quote from prmenrs
    Jelcos. The pre-safety needle kind. Please, dear Lord, don't let them not make them!
    What are Jelcos?


    I'd have to agree with both the pacifiers and surfactant.

    Currently, I'd have to say high-flow humidified nasal cannulas. We used to use Vapotherm until it was recalled (still prefer it because it's got better tubing and alarms) and now we have the Fisher Paykel version. It has completely changed our unit. It works so much better than CPAP ever did for us, and it's rare to see a preemie vented now unless they're newly born or very sick. We're seeing less BPD already!

    Another one is sucrose water! Works wonders when doing IVs and art sticks.
  9. by   prmenrs
    IV catheters.



    This one is the wrong size, of course. It should be yellow (24g).

    In the old, old days, we used to use Karo syrup. Clear for soothing, the dark kind if they needed to poop.
    Last edit by prmenrs on Oct 17, '06
  10. by   dawngloves
    You know I'm going to say this:


    Giraffe Omnibed.
  11. by   TeachEmNursing
    Quote from prmenrs
    You are soooo right! It definitely was.
    Oh gosh, I remember just having all these BPD kids...just fussin & huffin...they all had that same cry...lol.

    So yes, I agree, surfactant is a God-send.
  12. by   TeachEmNursing
    Quote from dawngloves
    You know I'm going to say this:


    Giraffe Omnibed.
    These beds are awesome. I wish we had them where I work now
  13. by   Sweeper933
    Definately the Giraffe Omnibeds... they work wonders for those <25 weekers...
    Also, the silence/suspend button on the monitors!!! Especially for those chronic desaters!!!
  14. by   prmenrs
    "the only good chronic is a drugged chronic" We used to give them wine (among other things)! Anything to keep them calm. Even w/pharmecuetical assistance, they were miserable 90+% of the time. What a nightmare.

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