ISSUE: NICView service added at Hardin Memorial
OUR VIEW: Video monitoring is aid to families
Although its six-bed neonatal intensive care unit has been operational for less than eight months, Hardin Memorial Hospital already has been able to introduce a cherished improvement for families it serves.
A monitoring system called NICView has been installed for each of the NICU’s six beds. Thanks to a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, parents and family members are only a few clicks away from looking in on their precious newborn.
With a secure login, authorized family members are able to go to an online portal where they can view their baby in real time — except when doctors or nurses are caring for the baby or performing procedures.
Brian and Melissa Peters recently testified to its importance for their family.
Their daughter Lillian was born prematurely and weighed just 2 pounds, 7 ounces.
Although she experienced no major complications, Lillian will spend weeks in Hardin Memorial’s NICU, including a need to remain connected to a ventilator around the clock.
The NICView system has made this overwhelming experience a more bearable for the new parents and their family.
“It’s more for the family that gets to look at her because not everybody can be in here, so all the friends and family that want to look at her, too, can do that,” Brian said.
The NICView monitor, which also allows family members to take photos of the newborn, also will be used in the delivery room when approved by the family. This will allow fathers or other family members who can’t be present to be virtually in the moment when the latest family member arrives.
Thanks to the innovative nature of HMH and kindness of the Kentucky Colonels, the Peters and other families will be able to connect with their baby while dealing with other daily demands ranging from siblings to work pressures.
A new baby in the family is seldom out of your mind. Thanks to technology, the child now need not be far from your sight at any time.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.