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Level II versus Level III NICU
Babies in Level II NICU's have some problems that make them not quite suitable for a newborn nursery, but they generally don't have immediately life-threatening issues. Critical babies born in hospitals with Level II NICU's are generally stabilized and transferred to Level III NICU's. Level III NICU's take care of kids that require interventions like ventilators and pressor agents.

A Level III NICU is able to:

  • Provide comprehensive care for infants less than 28 weeks gestation and less than 1000 grams birth weight
  • Provide advanced respiratory support such as high-frequency ventilation or inhaled nitric oxide



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