Health Notes: Babies in earmuffs? It’s a matter of care — OK, and cuteness — at Duluth hospitalIf there’s anything cuter than a baby, it might be a baby wearing earmuffs.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
If there’s anything cuter than a baby, it might be a baby wearing earmuffs.
The especially tiny babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center have earmuffs available while construction is under way just down the hall.
An Essentia Health news release explained that the construction is on a new intensive care unit for newborns that will replace the existing facility, on the medical center’s fifth floor.
The earmuffs are designed to provide hearing protection for premature babies. They’re typically used when preemies are transported by helicopter or ambulance, the news release said.
The project is taking place in stages, and special ventilation ensures that dust and debris don’t come near the current NICU, the news release said.
The new quarters for babies is expected to open in April. After that, the current NICU will be renovated to create office space. Finally, a new Ronald McDonald Family Room will be constructed. The project is expected to be finished in September.
“The 18 individual patient rooms that we’re building will help to create a calming, nurturing setting for each baby and family,” said Dr. Lee Muskovitz, NICU medical director, in the news release.