Dubai: Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah will have state-of-the-art technology for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) following its recent investment of Dh10 million.

Emirates Hospital, a subsidiary of Emirates Healthcare, will have level 3 NICU services that will make the difference in the survival of the sickest premature and full-term babies.

The facility will provide services like total body cooling (therapeutic hypothermia) for neonatal asphyxia and nitric oxide therapy that caters to persistent pulmonary hypertension due to various causes such as Meconium aspiration syndrome, pneumonia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and more. Additionally, the advanced unit is equipped with best-in-class technology for neonatal ventilation.

“At Emirates Hospital, the new advances in NICU enable us to treat sick newborns for a myriad of problems, ranging from simple conditions like neonatal jaundice to complex cases like severe respiratory distress syndrome (PPHN), Perinatal asphyxia etc. The advanced Level 3 services have brought about a paradigm shift in treating premature babies as well as sick term neonates,” Dr Mohammad Sadik, head of NICU at Emirates Hospital Jumeirah, said.

Besides the intensive care support, we promote rooming in and breastfeeding as part of our family-centred care to help parents learn how to care for their newborns. This helps to build a bond between the mother and baby as well as preparing them to go home as soon as possible.”

The recent investment will improve the detection and diagnosis of various neonatal conditions through a highly improved monitoring approach. The advanced NICU facility comprises 15 NICU and regular beds, well-trained nurses and a specialised team of neonatologists, paediatricians, paediatric surgeons and other paediatric sub-specialities.

“The NICU will be distinguished for its ability to quickly diagnose any conditions associated with premature births and term newborns. With a network of our hospitals and cross referrals, we are proud to be pioneers in the field of advanced neonatology in Dubai, designed for the unique needs of tiny infants,” added Dr Sadik.