Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) in California, US, has won a $50,000 grant applied toward the purchase of four Giraffe OmniBeds for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), from The Hearst Foundation.
The 32-bed NICU facility that offers a range of medical services will be equipped with the infant radiant warmer and incubator, Giraffe OmniBed.
VPH vice president and chief nursing officer Michelle Quigley said babies born prematurely frequently suffer multiple impairments, which threaten their survival and require a range of life-supporting medical interventions and equipment.
"The new Giraffe OmniBeds will help Valley Presbyterian Hospital clinicians and care givers to provide the best possible care for our smallest and most frail patients," Quigley added.
OmniBeds are designed to provide the infant with heat evenly for all procedural interventions, such as X-rays.
A rotating, 19-inch mattress can be adjusted for optimal patient access, while dual-access doors and gumdrop-shaped portholes create space for larger babies or accommodation of more than a one baby in one OmniBed system.
Giraffe’s OmniBed features an X-ray cassette tray integrated into the system, an elevating hood, controlled humidifier, in-bed scale and conversion from a radiant warmer into a bassinette.
VPH children’s services director Brenda James said Giraffe OmniBeds offer a nurturing, life-sustaining environment that fosters growth and encourages healthy development for extremely premature infants.
"While promoting positive outcomes, the beds address the needs of clinicians and care givers," James added.
Image: Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) will use Giraffe OmniBeds to offer a nurturing, life-sustaining environment to infants. Photo courtesy of Cbl62.