Neonatal Intensive Care Unit  ​


 Unit Profile 

Unit name

 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 

Patient population

 Neonates – Premature & High-Risk (Level 2-3 patient acuity level)

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

 Term & preterm infants from 24-weeks gestation (500g) requiring ventilation, administration of surfactant, Inotropes, Nitric oxide.

Neonates with a variety of cardiac conditions and other congenital anomalies, respiratory distress syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension, transient tachypnea, broncho-pulmonary dysplasia, meconium aspiration, sepsis, apnea, inborn errors of metabolism, narcotizing enterocolitis, jaundice, asphyxia, birth traumas, pre and post surgeries. 


  •  Routine and Emergency Patient Care
  • Physical assessment  and gestational age determination
  • Invasive monitoring – UAC, UVC, CV and radial artery lines
  • Non-invasive cardiac, respiratory, BP & oxygen saturation monitoring
  • Ventilation (regular and oscillatory)
  • Maintenance of neutral thermal zone
  • IV Therapy, TPN, Lipid, blood and blood product administration
  • Blood sampling (capillary, venous, arterial)
  • Calculation of medication dosages by body weight
  • Calculation of intake and output by body weight
  • Phototherapy, Isolation procedures
  • Exchange Transfusions
  • Lumbar punctures
  • Chest tube insertion and management
  • Oxygen administration
  • Nasogastric lavage and gavage
  • Unit dose medication administration
  • Work-up for chromosomal, genetic, metabolic disorders, etc
  • Promotion of Breastfeeding
  • 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 12:04 PM