Nemours NICU adds technology to keep parents connected to their newborns
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children recently installed AngelEye Health video cameras at every Neonatal Intensive Care Unit bedside, which can be linked to any device with an internet connection, allowing parents and loved ones to check on their baby, anytime, from anywhere.
AngelEye’s secure, live-stream video allows families to see their child 24/7 using their phone, computer or tablet. The bedside camera captures their every movement in real-time, and includes a one-way tool that allows the clinical staff to send text messages to parents.
With hospital visitation curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, only two visitors are permitted in NICU rooms at Nemours. This can be challenging for families who rely on an extended support system. The AngelEye technology offers siblings, grandparents and others who securely register a way to check in on NICU babies, see their progress and share remotely in special moments.
“These new cameras give parents the peace of mind that they can check on their baby at any time," said Christopher Beaty, NICU director of nursing. “And the technology brings family members and loved ones together virtually when they can’t be here in person.”
Parents like Shaniqua Johnson, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, appreciate AngelEye and the ability it affords her and family members to track her 10-week-old infant son in the NICU. Johnson has stayed with her baby on the unit since his delivery and admits it can be isolating, especially with visitation limits due to COVID.
“It’s been wonderful that I can do a load of laundry and check on the baby, that the staff can send texts on his progress even if I’m not in the room at the time,” said Johnson. “With the new camera system, it’s exciting for my sister to see him grow and comment on his milestones such as when he started feeding by mouth.”
The AngelEye installation was funded primarily by the Auxiliary of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children with additional support coming from the Superhero Project, which supports families with babies in NICUs.
“The auxiliary has a long history of funding projects that serve patients and families,” said Auxiliary President Susan Flint. “In this — our 35th year of operation — we are proud and delighted that proceeds from sales in our gift shop enabled us to contribute the AngelEye system to help families stay connected to their little ones.”
For more, visit nemours.org.