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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at IASO, is one of the best of its kind, both in Greece and abroad. It was exclusively established to provide direct assistance to neonates and manage the whole range of complex issues related to prematurity or other neonatal diseases.
The key points behind the NICU’s excellence on a national level are:
- The ideal natural setting, free of bright lights and excessive noise. The entire environment is also free of the intense stress induced to the neonates by the intensive care, Kangaroo mother care and Breastfeeding.
- Cutting-edge equipment; the best that medical technology delivers today.
- Specially trained medical and nursing personnel, employed on strict criteria.
Admission – Features of the Unit
- The Unit is located on the 2nd floor of the Clinic, covering an area of 780 m2.
- 3 levels of ICU care (high-, medium- and low-level care) with a 90-bed capacity; 44 high-level care beds, 13 medium-level care beds and 33 low-level care beds.
- All neonatal conditions are treated, except form congenital heart defects which require surgical intervention.
- The Unit also accommodates sophisticated mechanical equipment (incubators, ventilators, blood gas analyzers), with the ability to upgrade, when necessary. All modern mechanical ventilation techniques are applied (high frequency oscillatory ventilation), with synchronous administration of nitric oxide, where necessary.
- Neonatal monitoring is conducted on a 24-hour basis and performed with the assistance of the most reliable monitors (individualized monitoring of all neonates from a central station).
- Modern computer-assisted enteral and parenteral nutrition protocols are applied.
- Human milk banking for the preservation and enrichment of breast milk given to very premature neonates.
- The Unit consists of excellently trained nursing practitioners – only higher institute graduates, provided with continuous professional development.
The sole responsibility of neonates’ hospitalization on a 24-hour basis is exclusively assumed by experienced neonatologists, working with neonatal specialists (surgeons, cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, ENT, etc).
All premature neonates to be discharged, are subject to a final neurologic and ophthalmologic examination, as well as to a hearing-test via otoacoustic emissions.
Neonatal monitoring continues even after discharge, with a complete program of long-term follow-up up to 8 years of age, serving for the early detection of possible health issues.
Apart from the main neonatal monitoring and hospitalization areas (high-, medium- and low-level care), the Unit houses a reception area, a special room for IV medication preparations, a room for the collection and preservation of breast milk, a room for ultrasounds and otoacoustic emissions, doctors’ offices and on-call room, visitors preparation area, incubators cleaning areas and many other ancillary rooms.
Inpatient care at the Neonatal ICU of IASO is based on the latest scientific views and implemented by adhering to medical and nursing protocols, especially drawn up to serve the specific purpose as well as fundamental issues, such as ventilation support of neonates, policy on enteral and parenteral nutrition, Kangaroo Mother Care and psychological support to the parents of all young patients (encouragement for regular contact with the neonate and training on neonatal care). The aforementioned are applied according to written protocols which are updated on a regular basis.
Over the last years, Neonatal ICU at IASO admits and treats 90-100 neonates a day, thus it constitutes the largest Neonatal ICU in Greece, with extremely high survival rates as follows:
Neonatal survival rate at 23 weeks: 20%
Neonatal survival rate at 24 weeks: 40%
Neonatal survival rate at 25 weeks: 62%
Neonatal survival rate at 26 weeks: 79%
Neonatal survival rate at 27 weeks: 86%
Neonatal survival rate at 28 weeks: 98%
As demonstrated, perinatal mortality at IASO was approximately 5.5 ‰ over the last decade (2000-2010), whereas neonatal mortality did not exceed 1.5‰ (rates comparable to those of the most developed countries in the world)
Long-term follow-up program
High level inpatient services in a Neonatal ICU, are not only defined by the premature neonates survival rates, but also by the quality of life they have. Moreover, the earliest a condition is diagnosed, the better the treatment outcome.
This is the reason why IASO provides a comprehensive long-term follow-up program for high-risk premature neonates, which starts at the discharge procedure, with the neonate undergoing a final ophthalmologic, hearing and neurologic examination. The program continues until the age of 8 years with annual follow-ups by specialized consultants, including an auxologist (Developmental Pediatrician).
Pre-term neonates progress rates were: 82% normal, 14% with mild or moderate dysfunction and 4% with severe dysfunction. Most of the parents who have spent a long time in the ICU, often wish to visit us with their baby, as they develop a strong bonding with us.
It is more than a pleasure for us to see their baby happy and healthy-for above all, s/he is a standing vindication of our concerns and efforts.
Within the framework of its Social Corporate Responsibility, IASO has entered into partnership with the Hellenic Ministry of Health and Welfare for the hospitalization of neonates at the Neonatal ICU of the Clinic at special costs covered by the Insurance Funds.
Standard hospitalization 19:30 to 20:00
ICU hospitalization 19:00 to 19:30
Standard & ICU hospitalization 12:30 to 13:00