Neonatology is a sub-specialty of paediatrics that deals with children from birth until one month of age. In the last decade or so, this specialty has emerged as a separate entity from the other areas of child healthcare and has gained enormous momentum all over the country. This is mostly because the diseases and their treatment in this age group are very different from those of older children. Care for such sick new-borns is best provided in an infrastructure which is particularly designed and created for keeping new-borns in mind, by a committed team of physicians who are specially trained in the science of new-borns, both in India and overseas.
NICU is conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the hospital which also has the labour room and the operation theatre. This makes the movement of new-born babies requiring intensive care and/or monitoring much easier. The area admits babies requiring all levels of care (SCBU, NICU, and so on) and is divided into four different sections to segregate new-born babies from those who carry infection. Minutes details have been paid due attention in designing this place so that quality and safety meet aesthetics and comfort.
Your tiny one gets round-the-clock care by a team of dedicated professionals (senior consultants, registrars, nurse in-charge, other nurses, secretary, counsellor, and so on). Every member of the team is experienced in taking care of new-borns with critical illnesses. Both the parents and referring physician get daily updates by the consultant in charge of the child’s progress.
A significant number of out-born new-borns (i.e., those born in other maternity homes or hospitals) require to be transferred urgently to a tertiary care centre, often because of medical, surgical, or rapidly emerging postpartum problems. Safe and timely inter-facility transport has been shown to improve outcomes for the smallest and most critically ill neonates. Medical transport of such a high-risk and critically-ill population requires skilled personnel and specialized equipment.
We transport sick newborns with utmost care and compassion, using a composite transport unit or ‘mobile NICU bed’ which basically comprises of a transport incubator, transport ventilator, cardiac monitor, syringe pumps, emergency resuscitation, and medicinal kit. Upon request by the referring physician (obstetrician or paediatrician), our transport team (qualified paediatrician and nurse) reaches the place of delivery in the shortest possible time, stabilizes the infant, reports to the senior newborn specialist at Medica Hospital and transports the infant in a safe and cozy environment.
All these come at a cost affordable by all communities and strata.