What is Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)?
The NICU is a specialized intensive care unit for newborn babies in urgent need of medical attention. It has its own set of equipment and trained staff. When maternity hospitals do not have their own NICU, sick babies are transferred to specialized hospitals with an NICU like Arpan.
Arpan centres have hi-tech NICUs to address every neonatal emergency
Which babies need special care in the NICU?
Who will care for the babies in the NICU?
A specialized, highly professional team to take care of the sick babies:
We follow the philosophy of Family Centred Care. We involve the parents in the daily care given to the baby in various ways to ensure the babies grow with their parents’ presence. The environment at our centres has been designed to elicit positivity, care, and calmness.
Know more about how Family Centred Care makes a whole lot of difference
Ventilator Support & Monitoring
Therapy with ‘Do Not Harm’ philosophy
Respiratory disorders are the most common of all neonatal problems. At Arpan, we believe in the ‘Do Not Harm’ philosophy. We extend it through sophisticated ventilators which include conventional and high frequency ventilators.
Apart from that, we also have high-tech monitors for keeping a constant eye on the baby’s invasive as well as non-invasive blood pressure, central venous blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc.
Nitric Oxide Therapy
The Nitric Oxide delivery system at Arpan plays a vital role in saving babies with PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns). In such babies, blood vessels are constricted, preventing the baby from getting oxygenated blood. Through this technology, we dilate the smooth muscles of pulmonary vessels in sick babies, thereby increasing the blood flow to the lungs. Typically, the baby responds within 30 minutes and continues receiving nitric oxide through a ventilator for an average of four days.
Birth Asphyxia is caused by a reduction in the supply of blood or oxygen to the newborn baby’s brain during birth. It is a major cause of death, brain damage, and cerebral palsy in babies. To treat this condition, we have a well-defined setup for Brain Hypothermia, also known as Cooling Therapy.
It is induced by cooling the baby to around 33℃ for three days after birth. This has been proven to be the only medical intervention which reduces brain damage in preemies and improves their chances of normal survival.
Kangaroo Mother Care
A mother’s touch is a wonderful healer
Research has proved that the embrace of a mother does wonders for the baby. The baby receives warmth, gains weight, decreases the chances of infection, and increases oxygenation. All of these lead to an increased chance of the baby’s survival.
Every “Arpan Mother” is encouraged to embrace her baby and offer Kangaroo Mother Care on a daily basis. We have dedicated floors with adequate space and privacy to provide both the mother and the baby utmost comfort during the process. Arpan Parents are encouraged to visit their babies daily to feel and touch them at least once a day. Our nursing staff supports the parents in every way possible.
ECG, USG & X-RAY
Arpan is a certified training centre for fellowship in neonatology, accredited by the National Neonatology Forum and Indian Academy of Pediatrics.
Functional Echo Cardiography
Arpan has in-house echo-cardiography machine with high frequency cardiac and sonographic probes to detect cardiac problems in preemies and neonates. This timely detection saves numerous lives on a consistent basis.
Ultrasonography & X-Ray
We have an in-house sonography machine with expert radiologists trained in neonatal neuro-sonogram. This ensures sonography of the sick babies at regular intervals with the philosophy of “Do Not Harm”, causing the babies as little trauma as possible.