The term neonatal is a combination of two words – ‘neo’ meaning ‘new’, and ‘natal’, meaning something related to ‘birth’ or ‘origin’. A neonatal intensive care unit or NICU is a specialised unit that takes care of ill or premature newborn infants.
A NICU consists of neonatologists and a dedicated staff of nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and dieticians. A large team of specialists and doctors monitor the infant and suggest the best possible way forward to treat the child.
Some of the most important equipment in the NICU include Incubators, Radiant warmers, Ventilators, Cardiorespiratory monitors, syringe pumps and equipment for Oxygenation. Since the NICU deals with infants, it is paramount that the child is protected from cold temperature, infection, noise, and excess handling. Incubators are specially designed to keep the climate warm and to protect the baby from exposure to germs.
It is also crucial for a NICU to have amenities to provide nutrition, either through the intravenous catheter or an NG tube. A NICU also requires specialists to administer medication, since it is not the same as giving medicines to an adult. Maintaining fluid balance in the body of the baby is another fundamental element of a NICU.
Ankura Women and Children’s Hospital has a team of highly experienced specialists who bring to the table their vast experience in dealing with Neonatal emergencies and its complications. Since Neonatal Intensive Care Units deal with newborn babies, it is understandable that there is a lot of panic and fear in the minds of parents and relatives involved.
A NICU requires appropriate assessment, quick reference and prompt action from the doctors, for which you need specialists on the job. We are proud of the fact that since the opening of our first state-of-the-art speciality clinic at Hyderabad in the year 2011, we have been able to successfully handle many premature babies with birth weight as little as 500 grams and those who are born as early as 25 weeks of pregnancy.
We understand the worries of the parents, relatives and family involved and make sure that our team of specialists and nursing staff are always on the alert, to deal with unexpected problems at any point of the treatment.
We combine our years of experience, with Ankura Women and Children’s Hospital’s fundamental principles of Cure, Care, and Compassion – to bring in the best. For us, medical care is not just about administering medicines. It is about talking, counselling, and holding your hand as you make the journey through a happy and healthy life.
Only then we consider our work at Ankura Women and Children’s Hospital complete.