Parents of sick babies can view their little ones, even when they are away, thanks to new web cameras in the Medical City McKinney Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The cameras are mounted above each of the seven 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 secure web address that can be accessible from computers, laptops and cellphones.
“Many of our patients need to be home with their other children during the week,” said Amanda Faggart, RN, Director of Women’s and Children Services at Medical City McKinney. “This technology allows parents to really feel connected to their newborn baby, which helps decrease anxiety and promote the bonding experience.”
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.
The NICVIEW camera service is free to families with babies in the NICU. It is part of Medical City McKinney’s commitment to help strengthen bonds, while decreasing the stress of having a baby that requires intensive care.