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Neonatal ICU

The Hospital of Choice for Newborns Requiring Intensive Caring


The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Belgaum Children's Hospital is proud to serve as a regional Level III referral center, receiving critically ill newborns from throughout Belgaum city & district, neighbouring districts of Karnataka, southern Maharashtra and Goa.

The 19-bedded Level III unit has earned the confidence of families and referring hospitals near and far, maintaining a 92 percent survival rate - one of the best in the nation - even as it cares for the region's most severely ill newborns. In addition, BCH is currently in the process of designing and building a new, state-of-the-art 30 bedded NICU.

Care for Premature and Critically iLL Children

Belgaum Children's NICU provides care for critically ill newborns each year. BCH has received a lot of premature and/or critically ill babies from throughout Karnataka, Maharashtra & Goa in the four years of it's inception. Most of these neonates were born at community hospitals after a premature or high-risk delivery. Approximately 60 percent of the babies admitted to the unit weigh less than 1500gm.

Newborns with these and other serious diagnoses are also referred to our NICU:

For example : Babies with


 

  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome & respiratory failure
  • Septicemia (serious infections)
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Trauma
  • Seizures


  • A Team Approach

    The NICU is staffed round the clock by in-house, experienced neonatologists (physicians who specialize in the care of newborns and premature babies) as well as nurses who are trained in neonatal care. There are expert visiting doctors available for consultation based on the individual needs of newborns and include leading pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, pediatric surgeons and radiologists.



    Advanced Care

    To ensure that patients benefit from all the latest advances, the NICU offers the most current monitoring systems, world class neonatal ventilator support and warmers. The unit provides non-invasive monitoring of the newborn's cardiorespiratory system, central oxygen, suction and age-appropriate thermoregulation. In addition, each neonate's heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are monitored continuously.

    Total Family Care

    Belgaum Children's Hospital embraces a family centered approach to care. Parents and siblings are welcome 24 hours a day and are encouraged to stay overnight in the hospital to form bonds with the newborn and learn care techniques, procedures and adjust to their infant's schedule.

    The NICU team fully understands the importance of providing support and care not only for the patient, but also for the entire family. This is accomplished through a multidisciplinary team effort that includes our highly trained and experienced critical care physicians and nurses, Belgaum Children's Hospital NICU staff assesses and provides for each family's special needs in ways that go beyond the ordinary. From the time of admission continuously through to discharge, the team involves families in care decisions and works to ensure that all members of the family understand the care plan and receive the support they need to get through the crisis. The goal is to promote the rapid recovery of critically ill children and neonates, and to help families cope with the challenge and stress of a child's critical illness.



    Going Home

    At BCH, discharge planning begins the day the infant is admitted. Experience has shown that continuity of care is a critical factor in a neonate's developmental potential. Thus parents are taught techniques to support their child's care while in the hospital, so that they can gain skill and confidence under the guidance of the medical team.



    Ongoing Support for Premature Infants

    Babies born prematurely may be predisposed to developmental delays in the early years of their lives. That's why each baby's development during the first critical years is assessed at regular follow ups and intervened to give the best possible support & outcome.

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