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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The unit offers a safe and secure environment for your little ones while giving utmost priority to their comfort. It is backed by the latest equipment and cutting-edge technology, all put together to ensure the best treatment for your baby. The neonatal intensive care unit has been designed to give superior care, with individual attention to every child. We have a dedicated team of experts specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of complex neonatal conditions. Ranging from cribs and bed warmers to incubators and advanced imaging modalities, the unit is fully equipped to handle any emergency situation.

What is a Neonate Intensive Care Unit?

Newborn babies who are born preterm, i.e. before the completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy, or with a medical condition, require extra care to ensure their well-being in the long run.

A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU is a highly specialized unit that is designed and staffed to take care of such babies, who need expert and comprehensive care to help them thrive after birth.

What are the different levels of the Neonate Intensive Care Unit?

Neonatal Intensive Care Units are there to cater to the needs of newborns who are experiencing health complications related to premature birth, congenital abnormalities or complicated pregnancies. Based on the type of care that the baby needs, Neonatal intensive care is classified into 4 types. These are:

Every baby’s journey is different and some may need a little more care to thrive. The NICU facility at Surya Hospitals is a hub of clinical excellence, offering the finest care to premature and sick newborns.
  • Level 1 NICU - It is just like a newborn nursery, that offers basic care for preterm babies, who are born before the completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy This includes routine care and proper examination and assessment to negate the risks of any future complications in otherwise healthy babies.
  • Level 2 or Advanced care - These are special care nurseries that offer advanced care for preterm babies who are born anywhere between 32 to 35 weeks of pregnancy and have mild to moderate health complications due to premature birth. Level 2 NICU also focuses on full-term babies who are at risk of certain health complications that do not require specialized care.
  • Level 3 or Specialized care - This is a highly specialized unit that focuses on the management of specific health complications in preterm babies born before the completion of 32 weeks of pregnancy, including those who require surgical intervention
  • Level 4 or Highest level of care - The unit is committed to offering the highest level of care to terminally ill newborns irrespective of whether they are preterm or not. These include potentially life-threatening malformations, defects and syndromes

Why do babies need special care in Neonate Intensive Care Unit?

There is a wide spectrum of factors that can impact a baby's health during pregnancy, childbirth or soon after they are born. Such babies need special care and attention that can only be offered in a NICU.

Maternal factors

Maternal factors that can give rise to the need for special neonatal care include:

Delivery-related factors

Delivery-related factors that can give rise to the need for special neonatal care include:

Other factors

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Preterm birth?

A preterm birth is one in which the baby is born before the mother completes 37 weeks of gestation. 

Is the baby provided with breast milk in the NICU?

Yes, babies are provided with breast milk in the NICU. At Surya Hospital we have a dedicated Human Milk Bank facility to offer safe breast milk for such babies.

What facilities are available in the NICU?

Various state-of-the-art facilities that are available in the NICU, include:

  • Incubators
  • Ventilators
  • Respiratory support devices
  • Imaging and Monitoring modalities 
  • IV nutrition devices
What is the difference between different levels of NICU?

NICU is categorised into 3 different levels, each of which caters to different levels of complexity. Level I focuses on providing basic care, level II on providing speciality care and level III on providing tertiary care.  

Who takes care of the baby in the NICU?

NICU is manned by a dedicated team of expert neonatologists and specialized nurses, all committed to taking care of your little ones.

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