Thursday 20 September, 2018

NWRHA: New improvements at POSGH neonatal unit

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) said several improvements were made to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the NWRHA said several upgrades have been installed, including the Kangaroo Care system, which entails allowing skin-to-skin bonding between parent and newborn.

The Kangaroo Care system is a method of caring for premature babies in which infants are held, skin to skin, by a parent, for as many hours as possible every day.

This lifesaving method has proven to be highly successful, even for babes on respiratory support, as it improves oxygen saturation rates, better regulates the infant’s body temperature and conserves a baby’s calories.

The NWRHA said a television monitor has also been installed in the waiting area of the NICU. Educational information is displayed to advise parents of the NICO environment, how they can assist in caring for their babies, breastfeeding tips and how to prevent infections through effective hand washing and other practices.

The NRWHA said childbirth education sessions continue to take place on a regular basis at the antenatal clinic for mothers and partners.

In addition, the NWRHA said the unit received a ‘facelift’ courtesy art students at the International School Port of Spain.

(Photo: A student of the International School of Port of Spain adds colourful designs to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.)

“All of the aforementioned enhancements were implemented for the overall benefit of the infants, parents and their familial support systems,” the NWRHA said.

The NWRHA said it continues to deliver quality maternal and infant care to strive for a healthy Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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