High Risk Infant Follow up
The High Risk Infant Follow-up (HRIF) Clinic provides the families of infants recently discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with appropriate medical screenings, assessments, interventions and follow-up as well as psychosocial needs. Most patients are referred to the HRIF Clinic within two weeks of discharge from the NICU. Depending on the medical assessment of the infants, some are followed weekly, some monthly and others every six months for the first two years. The overall philosophy is to provide an evaluation of the needs of the patient and family, provide transition between the NICU, pediatrician, and specialists as needed to help each child grow and develop to the best of his/her abilities. After NICU discharge, some infants may be medically fragile with complex problems and require close follow up within the HRIF program or with multiple subspecialties. Some infants and their families and may need more assistance to deal with the complexity of the outpatient medical care delivery system and referrals and guidance to access additional care.
All clinic services are provided by a multidisciplinary team including but not limited to a neonatologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pediatric developmental medicine physician, nurse practitioner, neonatal fellow, and social worker.
Our clinic is part of the California Children’s Services (CCS) HRIF program.