Shrimad Rajchandra Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the first of its kind in Valsad district. Here, prematurely born infants along with newborns with birth complications receive highly advanced 24x7 care from neonatologists and their specially trained staff.
Many of the women coming to SRH for deliveries are young (18-20 years), severely anaemic and weigh only 35-40 kgs. As a result, the delivered babies are premature, under-weight and need highly specialised medical attention in order to survive. To provide tertiary care to protect these precious new lives, we set up a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Now, the NICU is a key department at SRH and one of the most advanced in the entire Valsad District.
The NICU plays a major role in saving the lives of prematurely born infants and those with birth complications and nursing them back to good health. Many infants remain under this highly specialised care for a month or longer. Every year, over 500 critically-ill, premature and low birth weight newborns are successfully treated here.
The NICU is well-equipped with the following:
- Neonatal trolleys with warmers
- Neonatal ventilators
- Bubble CPAP Delivery System
- Phototherapy units
- Multi-parameter patient monitors
- Automated syringe infusion pumps
- Volumetric pumps
- Central suction facility
- Oxygen hoods
- Highly-sensitive and accurate digital weighing balance
The NICU also has a special neonatal ambulance, pressed into service for preventing transport-related health complications. The ambulance has been designed to safely transport newborn babies to Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital (SRH). It is equipped with a mobile ventilator, multi-parameter, syringe pump, embrace warmer, and lifesaving medication. Additionally, the ambulance will have on-board a team of highly trained doctors and nurses to provide care to neonates during transfers. Presently, no other such service exists in the entire Valsad and Dang district.
Most of the infants treated here would not have survived if this level of highly-specialised care were not available in such a location.