New technology allows families to see tiniest Baptist patients

arents with babies in the NICU at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center now have an easier, real-time way to see their newborns.Julie Prisock, nurse manager at Baptist’s NICU, said family members visiting a baby with a longer stay used to be the norm.”We used to allow grandparents to come and visit, aunties and uncles, but since COVID, we’ve had to be particularly strict on our visitor policy in the NICU because we have such tiny sick patients,” Prisock said.With the new NICU camera system, those special connections are a little easier. Twelve cameras are mounted in the rooms of the NICU, where families can view babies throughout the day. Each family receives its own login information and password. Once that is set up, families can access and share with others the password-protected view of their babies – wherever they may be.”Things happen and this has been a great tool to allow our moms and dads to be able to see their babies from anywhere. Even right down the hall, right in their house, wherever,” Prisock said.The live feed has even been beneficial for parents diagnosed with COVID-19, who are unable to see their little ones in person. “We’ve had some parents who have gotten COVID and haven’t been able to come and visit for the 10-day quarantine, so it’s been a great resource for them, as well, to see their babies when they can’t actually visibly come up to visit,” Prisock said.The system also allows parents to communicate with nurses on the progress of their babies and receive updates they otherwise may miss out on.”Sometimes the nurses can write up there, ‘I took all my bottle at my 2 p.m. feeding.’ The little things sometimes that make a big difference for somebody that has a little baby in the NICU that they can’t come to visit,” Prisock said.Prisock said the new technology allows parents and loved ones to have access to a piece of them at any time. Small for some, but monumental for others.”And those are the little things that parents miss out on when their children are in the hospital. When they’re in NICU they miss out on the little things we take for granted,” Prisock said.The cameras were donated by Baptist Health Foundation. Tap here to donate to the foundation or NICU.
JACKSON, Miss. —

Parents with babies in the NICU at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center now have an easier, real-time way to see their newborns.

Julie Prisock, nurse manager at Baptist’s NICU, said family members visiting a baby with a longer stay used to be the norm.

“We used to allow grandparents to come and visit, aunties and uncles, but since COVID, we’ve had to be particularly strict on our visitor policy in the NICU because we have such tiny sick patients,” Prisock said.

With the new NICU camera system, those special connections are a little easier. Twelve cameras are mounted in the rooms of the NICU, where families can view babies throughout the day. Each family receives its own login information and password. Once that is set up, families can access and share with others the password-protected view of their babies – wherever they may be.

Things happen and this has been a great tool to allow our moms and dads to be able to see their babies from anywhere. Even right down the hall, right in their house, wherever,” Prisock said.

The live feed has even been beneficial for parents diagnosed with COVID-19, who are unable to see their little ones in person.

“We’ve had some parents who have gotten COVID and haven’t been able to come and visit for the 10-day quarantine, so it’s been a great resource for them, as well, to see their babies when they can’t actually visibly come up to visit,” Prisock said.

The system also allows parents to communicate with nurses on the progress of their babies and receive updates they otherwise may miss out on.

“Sometimes the nurses can write up there, ‘I took all my bottle at my 2 p.m. feeding.’ The little things sometimes that make a big difference for somebody that has a little baby in the NICU that they can’t come to visit,” Prisock said.

Prisock said the new technology allows parents and loved ones to have access to a piece of them at any time. Small for some, but monumental for others.

“And those are the little things that parents miss out on when their children are in the hospital. When they’re in NICU they miss out on the little things we take for granted,” Prisock said.

The cameras were donated by Baptist Health Foundation. Tap here to donate to the foundation or NICU

 

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