Preventing Infections in the NICU

This information is useful for children
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We keep a detailed database of infections so we're able to use antibiotics in a targeted way.
  • We identify the causes of infections, and take steps to prevent them.
  • Our approach has resulted in a reduction in bloodstream infections in the NICU by approximately 80 percent.

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise in the United States, and, with it, the increased risk of serious infections in hospitals. Unfortunately, infections and antimicrobial resistance pose a profound threat to some of the hospital’s most vulnerable inpatients—newborns. Many patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are premature and their immune systems are weak, so we take extra care to protect them.

We keep a detailed database of types of infections, tracking the latest trends and the newest strains. As a result, we're able to use antibiotics in a targeted way.

The NICU is the area of the hospital where newborn babies with health concerns receive comprehensive care.

There are several reasons why babies in the neonatal intensive care unit are at risk for infection. Many NICU newborns are premature and, as a result, their immune systems are immature and weak. Those babies are also typically in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. As with any sustained hospitalization, necessary medical interventions may carry a risk of infection.

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