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NICU: Communicating With the Staff

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Topic Overview

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staff are vital not only to your infant's health but also to your understanding of your infant's condition. When you are with your infant's doctor or nurse, ask whatever questions you have about your infant's health and care. The NICU staff understands that this is all new to you. It's a good idea to keep a running list of written questions to refer to when you're on the unit.

Expect the NICU to be both a stressful place for you and a stressful place for the staff to work. Events on the NICU can unfold quickly, and communication can sometimes suffer. With this in mind, be prepared for any of the following problems:

If you encounter communication problems on the NICU:


Credits for NICU: Communicating With the Staff

Current as of: September 20, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Jennifer Merchant MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


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