Web Cameras Allow Parents to Watch Sick Babies 24/7
Parents of sick babies can view their little ones, even when they are away, thanks to new web cameras in the Medical City Las Colinas Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The cameras are mounted above each of six incubators in the NICU. A live video stream enables parents to see their infants in real-time, 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. Parents are able to view their children via a secure web address that can be accessible from computers, laptops, and cellphones.
“Many of our parents need to be home with other children during the week,” says Kara Adams, Director of Women’s Services at Medical City Las Colinas. “The cameras provide comfort because parents can see their child even when they can’t be at the hospital.
The NICVIEW® webcam system operates via a secure encrypted online portal. Live streaming is only accessible to specified users using passwords issued by the NICU. Families can use the service to allow siblings, grandparents, and others that might not be able to visit the NICU to see their baby.
“We are concerned that he is in the NICU in the first place and we have to be away because we are being discharged,” said Narayanan Sadagopan, father of a son in the NICU. “These cameras, it’s like being close. We know what he’s doing and that will be a help to us.”
The NICVIEW camera service is free to families with babies in the NICU. It is part of Medical City Las Colinas’s commitment to help strengthen bonds, while decreasing the stress of having a baby that requires intensive care.
About Medical City Las Colinas
Founded in 1997, Medical City Las Colinas is a full-service 100-bed, acute care facility located in Irving, TX. The hospital offers a full range of services including women’s, cardiovascular (Chest Pain Accredited), orthopedic/spine, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, and neurology. Medical City Las Colinas is Irving’s first Primary Stroke Certified Hospital and is equipped with telemedicine services in its emergency department. Medical City Las Colinas is part of HCA.