The Division of Neonatology provides comprehensive care for premature and full-term infants with a complex of neonatal problems. The Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) is a major referral center for term infants with respiratory failure and persistent pulmonary hypertension, perinatal asphyxia, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and complex surgical problems, especially those with congenital diaphragmatic hernia where the survival for uncomplicated cases is greater than 90%. Special services offered in our nursery include high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide, hypothermia for perinatal asphyxia, and comprehensive neonatal health care. We also provide long-term neurodevelopmental follow-up for high-risk infants who are discharged from the intensive care nursery.
The Division of Neonatology, Duke Neonatal Intensive Unit, is a member of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network, a consortium of the leading neonatal intensive care units in the country that perform cutting-edge, collaborative clinical research.
The division benchmarks patient care outcomes with this group of 16 of the leading intensive care nurseries in the country. Our low birth weight mortality and rate of broncho-pulmonary dysplasia and retinopathy of prematurity are consistently among the lowest.
The Division of Neonatology offers a NICHD-sponsored fellowship program for pediatricians interested in advanced training in neonatal basic or clinical research. In addition, the division houses the Jean and George Brumley Jr. Neonatal-Perinatal Research Institute which includes over 80 investigators at Duke interested in developmental biology and problems of the neonate and fetus.