Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
All expectant parents hope that their babies will be healthy. Yet
sometimes problems arise that require a newborn to be admitted to
the NICU for treatment. Being born prematurely, having a difficult
delivery or antenatal concerns are all reasons a baby may be
admitted to the NICU.
It is always stressful when a baby is unexpectedly admitted to the
NICU. The length of a baby’s stay on the NICU varies depending on
each individual baby’s needs.
We aim to support the family throughout their baby's stay and
encourage parents to become involved in their baby's care. The
doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in the unit will do their best to
provide emotional support for parents while caring for their
infant's medical needs.
Neonatal intensive care unit for
the new born babies who need
special care .Every unit is well
equipped with cardiac monitor,
central oxygen suction. Warmer
for new born babies to maintain
their optimal body temperature.
Often, premature infants or
those who have infections
have jaundice (common
newborn condition in which
the skin and whites of the
eyesturn yellow) .
Phototherapy is used to help
get rid of the bilirubin that
causes jaundice. The infants
might lie on a special light
therapy blanket and have
lights attached to their beds
or isolettes. Usually, they
only need phototherapy for a
These are beds with radiant heaters over them.
Parents can touch their babies in the warmers, but it's always a good
idea to talk to the NICU staff about it at first, just in case.
Isolettes: These are small beds enclosed by clear, hard plastic. The
temperature of the isolette is controlled and closely monitored
because premature infants frequently have difficulty maintaining
their body temperature.
Infants in the NICU are attached to monitors so the NICU
staff are constantly aware of their vital signs.
The single monitor (which picks up and displays all the necessary
information in one place) is secured to the baby's body with chest
leads, which are small painless stickers connected to wires. The chest
leads can count the child's heart rate and breathing rate. A pulse
oximetry machine (or pulse ox) may also display the baby's blood
oxygen levels on the monitor
A temperature probe, a coated wire adhered to the baby's skin with a
patch, can track your baby's temperature and display it on the monitor.