Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Cook Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) believes that all children deserve the best, evidence-based treatment strategies available to manage their illnesses and achieve good health and delivers on in the CCHCS promise by delivering state-of-the-art care. Cook Children's NICU has a unit-based multidisciplinary team consisting of Case Managers, Chaplains, Child Life specialists, Pharm. D., Registered Dieticians and Social Workers, to name a few. The NICU takes care of premature babies or infants born with some type of defect or anomaly requiring subspecialty care including Pulmonology, Neurology Surgery, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, and Cardiology. We actively participate in clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and other hospitals. Several of these companies and hospitals include:
- Dallas Children's Medical Center
- United Therapeutics
- University of California San Francisco
- University of Washington
The NICU at Cook Children's Medical Center is interested in a range of topics relating to the care provided to our patients. Some of the group's research interests include:
- Outcomes of specified therapeutic agents
- Long-term effects following treatment
- Epidemiology of illnesses related to premature birth In addition to the NICU, the NEST Developmental Follow-up Center also conducts research.
The NEST Center team begins providing support before infants are discharged from the NICU and follows them through five years of age. The NEST Center is highly focused on developing a robust registry of long-term follow-up data that can be used to evaluate patient outcomes.