Emirates Specialty Hospital has level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

At Emirates Specialty Hospital we employ the latest medical techniques and technology to give the best possible care to every baby.

We have a team of consultant Neonatologist with 20 years of experience, six specialists well trained and experienced and dedicated nurses with tender hearts and gentle hands.

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The NICU is equipped with latest high tech gadgets meeting world standards. The facilities provided here are not only to take care of all kind of medical ailment, which a neonate can have, but to provide developmental care to minimize the stress of the NICU environment and enhance their physiological stability, protect their sleep rhythms and promote their growth and maturation. We make parents feel like parents. Antenatal consultations are provided in the Feto-Maternal Medicine and Labor Suite. We believe in family centered care where parents and family is involved in the care of the neonate. Special attention is given to bonding between the existing family and their new premature or sick baby. Kangaroo care is a unique way to promote bonding; we give both mum and dad the opportunity to hold their baby ‘skin-to-skin’ with the assistance of a specially trained nurse as soon as their baby’s condition is stable enough. We want to achieve model of excellence in health care for women and children in the region.

The dedicated team meets frequently to discuss each baby’s needs while they’re with us and at the time of discharge the various members of our team will help you with all the details, including transport to a hospital near you if your baby isn’t ready to go home, follow-up appointments, insurance, home care help, special equipment for your home and information on how to handle virtually all eventualities.

We are able to take care of babies with following problems:

  1. Extreme prematurity as low as 23 week (Special delivery room management, gentle ventilation, Total parenteral nutrition, early feeding, kangaroo mother care, USG brain and functional echo)
  2. Birth asphyxia (whole body cooling and CFM monitor)
  3. Congenital Pneumonia (invasive and non invasive ventilation)
  4. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (High frequency ventilation and NO)
  5. Pneumothorax (chest tube insertion)
  6. Sepsis
  7. Intra uterine infections
  8. Meningitis (lumbar puncture and USG brain)
  9. Venticulitis (ventricular tap)
  10. Shock (arterial catherization and invasive BP monitoring)
  11. Cardiac conditions (cardiac screening, Echocardiography, PG drip, everything other than cardiac surgery)
  12. In born errors of metabolism (metabolic work up and management)
  13. Seizures (CFM monitor)
  14. Jaundice (phototherapy and exchange transfusion)
  15. Anemia
  16. Polycythemia (partial exchange transfusion)
  17. Intra uterine growth retardation
  18. Congenital malformation

All NICU graduates are followed in the clinic for up to 2-years of age. These follow-up sessions involve evaluation of the infants’ growth, nutrition, immunization, and neurological status. A trained Ophthalmologist conducts ophthalmologic examination of all VLBW infants and other selected infants during the hospital stay.

All infants are examined at their mother’s bedside and counseling regarding breast feeding and other issues is done. All neonates undergo cardiac screening test to exclude major congenital heart disease so as to pick them early and treat them at appropriate time to avoid later emergencies. All infants are covered under the newborn screening program, which tests for 45 inborn errors of metabolism and endocrine conditions. A universal hearing screen is also performed for all newborns during the hospital stay.

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The aim of this science is preventing diseases that occur in the neonatal period (newborn baby period – in the first month of life), monitoring and implementing the developments related to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in this period as soon as possible, thereby reducing infant mortality.

Incubators are essential in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Babies are heated just like in the womb and kept in a humid environment. It is protected from infections. Ventilators provide respiratory support for babies born before their lungs mature, giving them a chance to live. As of 22nd gestational week, babies who are born prematurely, babies with respiratory distress, babies with low or higher birth weight than gestational week, babies who have swallowed meconium in the womb, babies with neonatal jaundice and infection, brain and other organ damage as a result of difficult birth babies at risk are provided with advanced care.

In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; respiratory support (ventilator therapy), blood exchange, phototherapy (light therapy), percutaneous catheter applications (thin vein that extends from the thin veins in the arm and leg to the heart), total parenteral nutrition (complete vein feeding), thorax tube insertion ( lung air leak treatment), bedside ECO (Heart ultrasound), bedside USG (ultrasound for the evaluation of the brain and other internal organs), retinopathy examination (eye examinations of preterm babies). In addition, body cooling treatment and brain function (cerebral function monitorization) are monitored in babies exposed to perinatal asphyxia in our unit.

The unit is supported by Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Cardiology specialists.