Medical Center of Trinity’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) recently unveiled a video-streaming technology known as NicView – allowing parents, family and friends to view their infant in real time, 24/7, through a secure online portal. The hospital is the first facility in Tampa Bay and only the third hospital in Florida with the NicView system.
NicView helps families develop a bond with their preemie or hospitalized baby even when they can’t be in the NICU with them. Family members can access NicView from anywhere there is an internet connection via a laptop, smartphone or tablet. The NicView system is produced by Natus Medical Incorporated.
“Having a baby in the NICU can be stressful and emotionally draining, so we are doing everything we can to make the experience more comfortable for little ones and their families,” said Lynn Smith, NICU nurse manager at Medical Center of Trinity. “We hope that this technology will bring families comfort and peace of mind during a difficult time.”
Medical Center of Trinity opened its NICU nearly a year ago – offering advanced levels of care for babies born as early as 32 weeks, as well as high-risk pregnancies. As the first NICU in Pasco County, it also serves patients from Hernando, northern Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.