The Paediatric Department of DELSUTH is well equipped to handle the cases of children under the age of 18. Suitably staffed and equipped, we also provide care to Newborn babies who are ill, premature or who simply need specialized nursing care.One core service area of the DELSUTH department of Paediatrics is the Neonatology unit.
Also called NICU, the DELSUTH NICU unit is a 20 bedded well-equipped state of the art facility. The department offers targeted specialised neonatal care to patients under 28 days of life. This unit receives patients from peripheral government health institutions, private hospitals, traditional birth attendants, chemist shops, nursing homes, and even self-referrals, etc. from across the state and beyond.
There is a dramatic survival gap for premature babies depending on where they are born. For example, over 90% of extremely preterm babies( <23 weeks) born in low-income countries die within the first few days of life; yet less than 10% of babies of this gestation die in high-income countries. This represents a 10:90 survival gap.
Here in NICU DELSUTH, we attempt to defy these odds to achieve excellent outcomes.
- To provide high-quality care to babies and their families that is compassionate, comprehensive, Skilled, State-of-the-art, Cost-effective and family-focused.
- TO train and educate future generations Of health professional, advance knowledge of neonatal care whilst empowering every member of our team to achieve their optimum potential in a respectful, congenial and safe work environment.
- TO advocate for optimal health of newborns with the net outcome of not only reducing morbidity and mortality but working together to improve the quality of life for neonates.
NICU DELSUTH SERVICES
- Invasive and non-invasive ventilation and surfactant therapy if available.
- Hyperbilirubinemia surveillance and jaundice treatment using high-intensity phototherapy and exchange blood transfusion.
- Newborn nutritional rehabilitation and growth monitoring including baby-friendly initiatives and use of Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) if necessary.
- Neuro-protection techniques including proactive seizure management in the care of asphyxiated babies including the use of Therapeutic Hypothermia and neuro-imaging including transfontanelle and CT scans, MRI.
- Infection control procedures including the emphasis on aseptic techniques during procedures, and antibiotic stewardship.
- Neonatal echocardiography.
- Genetic testing
- Newborn audiology screening (off-site)
- Neonatal surgery.