Congenital Heart Innovation Report

NewYork-Presbyterian

Congenital Heart Center 2020 Innovation Report

Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

The smallest patient to undergo cardiac surgery weighed just 500 grams (1.1 pound).

With 2 level IV neonatal intensive care units — including the nation's first cardiac ICU dedicated solely to the cardiac care of babies up to 3 months old, we are committed to providing the safest and most advanced treatments for newborns.

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The 17-bed Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is the first of its kind in the country.

The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is a 17-bed, state-of-the-art unit dedicated solely to the cardiac care of infants up to three months old. The largest referral center in the region and first-of-its-kind in the United States, the unit allows specialists in neonatal intensive care to work closely with pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to enhance the outcomes of infants born with complex congenital heart disease.

From the beds to the medical and surgical equipment, everything in the unit is designed for the tiniest newborns. The smallest patient to undergo cardiac surgery weighed just 500 grams (1.1 pound). The unit offers specialized modes of hemodynamic support such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines, and 3D printing, which enables surgeons and interventionalists to examine precise replicas of each infant's heart to help plan surgery or transcatheter intervention.

Every doctor who cares for babies in the new unit is either a board-certified Neonatologist with advanced supplemental training in postoperative cardiac care or a Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist who is double boarded in both Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Additionally, NewYork-Presbyterian has been awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet, the highest national honor for nursing excellence. Our Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is comprised of 43 nurses who have been on staff for more than 10 years.