Neonatal Unit was started in the year 2012, as part of the department of Pediatrics, which evolved into a division of Neonatology in 2016. We attend about 250 intramural births every year. We provide care for about 250 babies as in-patients and 600 babies as out-patients annually.
Our unit has 2500sq.ft area (Thermo-Neutral environment) with 10 ICU/ HDU beds, and both Premium & Economic paying wards. We are a well-equipped unit with 3 mechanical ventilators, Non-invasive Ventilation units (CPAP & HFNC), LED Units, Multipara monitors including neonatal transport team & ambulance.
We are equipped with MIRA Cradle, transport incubator, neonatal echocardiography, portable USG machine and portable X-Ray.
We have centralized oxygen; 24-hour generator back up for all the equipments. We have blood gas analyser, centralized NABL-accredited laboratory, blood bank and a fully-stocked Pharmacy round the clock.
Our unit is run by a Neonatologist and 10 nurses. The specialists offer 24x7 cover for NICU, high-risk deliveries and neonatal transport. In addition we also have specialists in the field of pediatric intensive care and other sub-specialties.
Neonatology department cares for babies less than 28 days of age and preterm babies born prior to 37 weeks of gestation. Our expertise is in care of high risk new-born, especially Extremely Low Birth Weight (babies below 1500g), surgical babies and babies with IEM. We are one of the largest neonatal care centers in Palakkad. We are well equipped to transport any sick neonates from other centres within a 60km radius. We are doing bedside screening, echocardiography, Neurosonogram and central line insertion.
Our department emphasizes preventive aspect of new-born care as an inseparable and invaluable component of neonatology. We provide Immunization and universal screening programmes to detect hearing loss, hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, critical congenital heart disease and metabolic disorders for the new-born babies. Preterm babies are screened for ROP, hearing, thyroid and Osteopenia of prematurity.
Primigravida mothers and mothers with difficulty in latching with LATCH SCORE<8 are assessed; problem identified and counseling is given to overcome it.
All new-born babies are followed up till 1 year of age and care is then transferred to the Pediatrics Department. All high-risk preterm and term babies discharged from NICU get a comprehensive neuro-developmental follow-up till 6 years of age, including developmental, nutritional, speech and language and ophthalmological assessments. High risk babies are followed using telephonic communication, problems are discussed and amicable solutions are provided.
Doctors and nurses from our department are actively involved in door step vaccination and medical camp services in and around Palakkad.