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As new parents of a Premature Baby, there are many things that we are constantly learning and would like to share with all of our family and friends. In the Daily News for Hunter, there are words and such that are used often in the NICU. Please refer to this page when it is used to help understand what is going on.

Premature/NICU Lingo:
ACC - Agenisis of Corpus Callosum
ASD - Atrial Septal Defect - a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart
ASD - Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorder
BF - Breastfed or Breastfeed/ing
B/M - Breast Milk
BM - Bowel Movement
BP - Blood pressure
BPD - Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, damage to lungs that often occurs after long term (>28 days) ventilation
CP - Cerebral Palsy, disorder of the nervous system characterised by abnormal muscle tone and movement
CPAP - Continuous Positive Airways Pressure, low pressure maintained in lungs to help baby with breathing difficulties
CVI- Cortical Vision Impairment
CVL - Central Venous Line
DNR - Do Not Resuscitate, a medical order not to resuscitate a terminally ill baby.
ECMO - ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation - supports both heart and lung functions when other treatments are inadequate
ECG - Electrocardiogram - records activity of the heart (also known as EKG)
EEG - ElectroEncephalagram - measures brainwaves for seizure activity
ELBW - Extremely Low Birth Weight - under 800 gr
FT - Full Term (37+ weeks gestational age)
GA - Gestational Age
G-tube - Gastrointenstinal Tube - tube goes through the abdominal wall and directly into the intestines
GERD - GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease
GMH - Germinal Matrix Haemorrhage, the same as Grade I IVH
HELLP - Haemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, Low platelets
HMD - Hyaline Membrane Disease, also known as RDS
HMF - Human Milk Fortifier
IUGR - Intrauterine Growth Retardation - result is SGA
IVH - Intraventricular haemorrhage (brain bleed)
LBW - Low Birth Weight - under 2500 gr (5lb 8 oz) at birth regardless of g.a.
NEC - Necrotising EnteroColitis - inflammatory bowel disease
NG-tube - NasalGastric Tube - tube goes through the nose and down to the stomach
NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
OT - Occupational Therapy/ist
OG-tube - OroGastric Tube - feeding tube that goes through mouth and down to the stomach
PDA - Patent Ductus Arteriosus - when the ductus artery fails to close after birth.
PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder, also known as Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorder
PIE - Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema
PT - Physical Therapy/ist
PTL - PreTerm Labor
PROM - Premature Rupture of membranes or Prelabour Rupture of Membranes, when the membranes rupture prior to the onset of labour
PVL - Periventricular leukomalacia, a condition where areas of the brain are affected by lack of oxygen and/or blood supply which causes damage to brain tissue
RAD - Reactive Airway Disease
RDS - Respiratory Distress Syndrome, respiratory difficulty due to immaturity of lung tissues and deficiency of surfactant in the air spaces
ROP - Retinopathy of Prematurity, an eye disease found primarily in premature infants
RSV - Respiratory Syncytial Virus - a virus causing infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract in preemies.
SCU - Special Care Unit
SGA - Small for Gestational Age
SID - Sensory Integration Disorder
SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
ST - Speech Therapy/ist
TPN - Total Parenteral Nutrition - nourishment provided intravenously
TTTS - Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome, occurs in identical twins, can result in the death of one twin
UAC - Umbilical Arterial Catheter, tube inserted through artery in baby's navel, used to draw blood samples, provide nutrition, infuse blood and medications and monitor blood pressure (also known as UAL)
UAL - Umbilical Arterial Line, tube inserted through artery in baby's navel, used to draw blood samples, provide nutrition, infuse blood and medications and monitor blood pressure (also known as UAC)
UVC - Umbilical Venous Catheter, tube inserted through vein in baby's navel to give fluid and nutrients and to monitor blood pressure
VLBW - Very Low Birth Weight - under 1500 gr
VSD - Ventricular Septal Defect - a hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart