As we all know, new born mortality comprises a major part of the infant deaths and so the initiation of appropriate care at birth helps to bring down the infant mortality rate, which is a reflector of the quality of health care. We, at Lifeline hospital have recognized this aspect and are involved in giving high quality care for the new born babies.
The level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Lifeline Hospital is one of the leading nurseries in Kerala and ensures advanced health care to the precious little ones. The 24 hours functioning Neonatology and Paediatrics Department is a proud provision from the Lifeline.
Our NICU has 60 beds and usually runs close to 100% occupancy and by virtue of its referrals, provides care to a whole spectrum of infants from the extremely premature infant to the term infant with congenital disorders like diaphragmatic hernia, Tracheae oesophageal fistula, Intestinal atresia etc.
An in-house neonatal intensivist is available around the clock to provide the most advanced evidenced-base care for our tiniest population.
Our care team will work with you and your family to help you deal with your child’s medical emergency. Our relationship doesn’t end when your new-born leaves the NICU, either. We provide comprehensive follow-up care to help you and your family with the challenges of caring for a high-risk new-born and offer special follow-up care at our NICU Outpatient Department, designed to help children with developmental problems and abnormalities.
Our neonatologist provides comprehensive care to the critically-ill infant in the neonatal intensive care unit whilst ensuring the care of well term infants on the postnatal ward. The spectrum of clinical conditions and the care required is vast, from the term baby with feeding issues on the postnatal ward to the sick, fragile, extremely preterm baby with multiple problems.
Neonatologists often face difficult discussions with families in the antenatal and postnatal environment regarding counselling about care, management, prognostication and, potentially, palliative care. Ethical and medico legal knowledge and its application are central to many of these discussions.
About our team
The NICU team includes doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, ophthalmologist, hearing therapist as well as social workers.
Consultant Neonatologist : Medical doctor who finished an additional three years of specialized training beyond what is required for a regular paediatric doctor (DM Neonatology). They coordinate and make suggestions about your baby’s care plan to the other team members and are available 24 hours a day if a problem arises.
Consultant Paediatricians : Medical doctor who has finished paediatric residency and completed his training in our NICU.
Neonatal In charge Nurses : They are registered nurses that completed extra training in the care of sick new-borns. This group works closely with the attending neonatologist and the paediatricians on the unit.
Neonatal nurses : These nurses have completed extra training to work in the NICU. They will help you take an active role in the care of your baby.
We are equipped with:
- Babies in the NICU are cared for in state-of-the-art Giraffe Omni Beds, which are specialized incubators and infant warmers all-in-one, reducing the stress on baby.
- We are also supported with High frequency ventilators 3 nos, CPAP machines 6 nos, Conventional Ventilators 6 nos, Infusion pumps, Syringe pumps, Multipara monitors, Warmers, In house ECHO, in-house ABG, neorosonogram, BERA, ROP for vision along with neurodevelopmental follow-up.
Other features designed and created with the special needs of these tiny patients and their families include:
- Inborn NICU – Space for babies born in our hospital
- Out born NICU – Space for referred babies from other hospitals
- Critically ill NICU – Space for extremely Preterm Babies
- Family Counselling Room – Morning and Evening counselling with the family members about the progress and condition of the babies
- Feeding Room – Air conditioned well-furnished room for the mothers to feed their babies.
Long-term follow-up with developmental screening until two years of age is provided in this role. It is the combination of intensive care skills, ethical and emotional support, and clinical follow-up that make this a unique speciality.
The Neonatal Transport Team brings infants with serious illnesses or complications to Lifeline Hospital from outlying communities within a 100-mile radius.
- High Frequency Oscillatory ventilator (Sensor Medics)
- CPAP – 6
- Giraffe Ominibed
- Arterial Blood Gas Analyzer
- In house ECHO Machine (Logic 5 PRO)
- ET CO2 Monitor
- Multipara Monitors
- Servo Controlled Warmers
- Double Surface Phototherapy unit
- Surfactant therapy
- Exchange transfusions
- Umbilical and radial arterial lines(Invasive &Blood Pressure monitoring)
- PICC line for Nutrition, Medication – Total Parenteral Nutrition
- Retinopathy of prematurity screening and laser treatment(ROP)
- Developmental assessment clinic for infants and Physiotherapy unit
- BERA (Hearing Screening )
- Staff Nurse and Baby ratio of 1:1.
- Portable X-Ray unit
- Paediatric Surgery back up
- Developmental follow up(High Risk Clinic)
- Developmental therapist/Physiotherapist back up
Committed to the Quality of Neonatal Care
24 week baby with 510 gm weight – now a normal child
The extreme preterm baby who was born at 24 week with 510 gram weight is now an active normal infant. Baby Nafeesuthul Misriya, daughter of Smt Haseena, from Karunagappally, was born on 10 November 2018 at the Lifeline Hospital, which offers tertiary care for the Mother and the New-born at par with international standards.
Baby during April 2019
Baby during November 2019
The Department of the Lifeline Hospital is committed to advancing the health of infants, children, and adolescents through innovative medical care, research, education, training, and advocacy. With over 10 paediatricians and associated specialities, our department is one of the largest in Central Travancore.
At the Lifeline, the Out-Patient and In-patient divisions of department ensures tender care for children and babies from their 28th day of life. The fully fledged team of paediatric consultants strives in providing adequate treatment for the patients.
In the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with its step down ICU the multidisciplinary teams care for a wide variety of critically ill children. It is equipped for immediate supportive care like intubation and ventilators, Nebulizers and the multipara monitoring systems for oxygen saturation and respiratory monitoring.
The Department of offers services for:
The Department seeks to improve the health and well-being of children through its advancements in clinical practice, medical education, research, and advocacy.
Adolescent Medicine is dedicated to promoting the physical and emotional well-being of adolescents through clinical care, research, and advocacy.
Allergy and Immunology
This Department provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with allergic, immune, or rheumatologic disorders. Our physicians also provide outpatient evaluation and treatment of adults with allergic and immune disorders, particularly primary immunodeficiency, and consults for these patients who are admitted in our hospital.
Cardiology is responsible for the diagnosis of congenital heart defects, performing diagnostic procedures such as echocardiograms and electrophysiology studies, and for the ongoing management of the sequelae of heart disease in infants, children and adolescents.
Critical Care Medicine
All facilities are there to take care patients admitted to the PICU who are suffering from a life-threatening illness or injury or require intensive care to recover after major surgery.
The Developmental – Behavioral Wing of the Department is an interdisciplinary and collaborative team of healthcare leaders who provide compassionate, family-centered care to children and who engage in innovative research and training.
We provide care to children with suspected or known infections, to minimize the risk of serious paediatric infections, to serve as a resource, to provide aid to the community and to treat infectious complications effectively when they occur. In addition we strive to answer pertinent clinical and pathogen related questions through our research endeavours.
Pulmonary & Asthma
Pulmonary Medicine deals with the breath of life in all its aspects: control of breathing; sleep disorders; obstruction to airflow in the common diseases of upper and lower airways such as croup, bronchiolitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia; restriction to lung function from disorders affecting the chest wall, the musculature, the nervous system, or lung tissue itself; congenital anomalies; accidents such as inhalation of foreign bodies, hydrocarbons, or toxic gases; secondary effects of non-pulmonary system disorders such as gastrointestinal reflux, myopathy, or cardiac dysfunction; disease of the upper respiratory tract including rhinitis and sinusitis; and so on.
We provide clinical genetic services including general genetics and dysmorphology, metabolic genetics, prenatal genetics and cancer genetics. In addition, we participate in multi-specialty clinics for craniofacial anomalies, Down syndrome, neurogenetics and genetic disorders of the skin.