Intermediate Care Nursery


 Unit Profile 

Unit name

 Intermediate Care Nursery (ICN)  

Patient population

 Sick neonates who do not require intensive care but require more hours of nursing care than do normal neonates

Mixed gender

Hours of operation

 24 hours / 7 days per week

Number of beds


Occupancy Rate


Staff categories

 Registered Nurse

Unit Assistant (Ward Clerk/Interpreter)

Patient Care Technician

Primary patient diagnoses

 Pre-terms with weights of 1300 grams and above, newborns from 32-35 weeks gestation, jaundice, mild RDS, congenital malformations with stable cardio-respiratory status, feeding intolerance, babies at risk of infection etc.


  • Routine and Emergency Patient Care
  • Physical Assessment of Newborn
  • Airway Management & Oxygen Administration
  • Non-invasive cardiac, respiratory, BP & oxygen saturation monitoring
  • Gestational Age determination
  • Thermoregulation
  • Medication Administration & Calculation of Medication dosages by body weight Calculation of intake & output by body weight
  • IV Therapy, TPN, & lipids, Blood and Blood Product Administration
  • Newborn Immunization Programme
  • Oral & Gavage Feeding
  • Phototherapy
  • Isolation Procedures
  • Assist in Lumbar Puncture, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Skin Biopsy, Incision & Drainage
  • Blood sampling (Capillary, Venous)
  • Care of Patients on Conscious Sedation
  • Non Invasive Cardiac, Respiratory, BP and Oxygen saturation monitoring
  • Pre & post operative care
  • Accompany infant to off unit procedures, Work-up for chromosomal, metabolic, genetic disorders
  • Promotion of Breastfeeding Programme
  • Falls Prevention Programme
  • Wound, Skin Care, Pressure Ulcer Prevention 
  • Pain Management
  • Quadramed Electronic Medical Records 
  • Family Education

Nursing care Delivery system

 Total Patient Care in a Partnership Model

Last Modified

03-Sep-2014 12:02 PM