Helping babies fight for life
Adelfa Castaneda, an LVN who is the nursery supervisor at Memorial Hospital, demonstrates some of the new equipment that is allowing the local hospital to expand its medical care. She is standing behind an infa-care unit, which monitors the respirations, heart rate and percent of oxygen being breathed by an infant and automatically reports the results every 15 seconds. The overhead heat lamp allows nurses and doctors to work with sick newborns while keeping a constant, warm air temperature. At the left is an infusion pump to overcome heart pressure in the arteries of infants and help premature babies inflate their lungs. Both pieces of equipment are comparable to equipment at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi and allows many sick babies to be treated locally without having to risk transfer.