Where Little Things Matter
Torrance Memorial Medical Center offers the benefits of a comprehensive
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) delivering the highest level
of care for our tiniest patients. Our NICU is a 25-bed, Level IIIB unit
with 24-hour, in-hospital neonatology coverage.
Neonatal care is provided for the mildly to most critically ill infant
with a wide range of diagnoses. Parents can take comfort in knowing our
NICU offers the most innovative services and technology needed for complex care.
Our NICU offers specialized care delivered by a diverse team, including:
- Board certified neonatologists
- Highly skilled and specialized nurses with certification and expertise
in caring for neonates
- Respiratory therapists who specialize in the needs of premature infants
- Immediate and long-term supportive care of premature infants
- Oxygen therapy with a multitude of modalities for ventilator support appropriate
to the infant's diagnosis
- Pre and postoperative care of infants requiring a variety of surgical interventions
for individual needs and diagnosis
- Availability of many pediatric sub-specialists working with the neonatal team
- Attendance by a neonatologist at all high risk deliveries and cesarean sections
- A multidisciplinary team approach for the care for the neonate, which includes
respiratory therapy, social services, occupational/physical therapy, etc
Torrance Memorial also offers the availability of neonatal sub-specialists:
- Pediatric surgery
- Neurology and neurosurgery
Parents who understand they have a higher risk pregnancy are able to take
advantage of the Maternity Services Tours and arrange for a private tour
of the NICU. Call 310-517-4702 to schedule and register for a tour.
Our warmers are designed to keep baby warm, comfortable and healthy. An
innovative recessed heater design lets you see and access your baby, and
it keeps babies warm and content while keeping you cool and comfortable.
The integrated in-bed scale makes weighing every baby quick and easy.
You can turn on the warmer well in advance so the bed will be ready when
the baby arrives. Optional integrated SPO2 and resuscitation systems allow
access to everything needed to deliver resuscitation therapy to high-risk newborns.
Negative Pressure Room
The NICU has two negative pressure isolation rooms. The air pressure in
these rooms is lower than adjacent areas, which keeps the air from flowing
out of the room. This helps with infection control in this critical care
unit. The room will allow for the care of neonates (newborns up to 28
days) who are readmitted from home.
Family & Sleep Room for Parents
This large, private room is designated for the comfort and respite of the
parent of a critical baby, or one who is nursing around the clock. Amenities
include a comfortable bed, coffee maker and microwave.
Gliding Sleeper Recliner Chair
The Gliding Sleeper Recliner Chair is designed to support care and to improve
the NICU experience for parents and newborns. It is all about comfort,
support and safety for the whole family. Its wide back supports mother
and the baby as they position from side to side. The chair locks in all
of its reclined positions so there is no sudden movement that would be
startling and potentially dangerous. The chair also reclines completely
flat to allow for sleep and rest. It is a chair that embraces mother and
baby, so she can focus on nurturing her little one.
In lieu of hard walls, glass sliders divide rooms and enable nurses to
view infants across multiple rooms, while still allowing privacy for babies
and their families. It also allows parents with twins and other multiples
the ability to see and move between adjacent rooms. Curtains can be drawn
for added privacy, and mothers can use the privacy curtains while nursing.
Breast Milk Warmer
Going beyond just warming breast milk, this warmer ensures each feeding
is always safely delivered within the ideal human physiological temperature
range of 98F – 100F, regardless of the starting temperature. A feature
unique is the gentle vibration technology prevents potential nutritional
degradation by continuously stirring the breast milk throughout the warming
cycle for a more even and consistent warming and eliminates the needs
to shake or roll the milk to even out dangerous hot spots.
Individual Breast Milk Refrigerator
Each room is equipped with its own refrigerator so mom can pump and store
milk exclusively for her little one.
This interactive television provides parents with essential newborn parental
education as well as general television news and entertainment.
Streaming newborn video for families. The NICVIEW Web Camera is an innovative small camera system in the NICU
that allows parents, family and friends to view their infant in real-time,
24/7, through a secure online portal. This service helps families develop
that bond with their preemie or hospitalized infant even when they are
unable to be in the NICU. The system also allows the caregivers in the
NICU to manage infant viewing securely via secure, encrypted transmissions.
Family-centered care. Making parents feel more involved strengthens trusting relationships and
provides reassurance, allowing healthcare professionals to focus on the
job of caring for their NICU patients. This simple device provides a value-added
service for parents and relatives, increasing patient satisfaction.
Safe with bank-level security. Viewing of the baby's intimate environment is protected by encrypted
transmissions. Live streaming is only accessible to specified users using
passwords issued by the NICU. No recordings are made, and no images are stored.
Simple. An unobtrusive camera mounted close to the bed delivers streamed video
images around the clock, so that families can watch their newborn anytime,
anywhere - on any device with internet access.
The NICU at Torrance Memorial offers several innovative programs:
Our Child Life Specialist meets the individual needs of your baby's
siblings during your visit.
Parent-to-Parent Support Program
Can connect you to families within our community who have been in similar
Annual Halloween NICU Reunion
An event that is open to our community. The reunion provides parents with
an opportunity to meet with old friends and gives our nurses and medical
staff the chance to see how our patients have grown and thrived. Our patients
are part of our Torrance Memorial family too, and we always enjoy celebrating
in this annual community event.