Clinical Focus

SERVICES OFFERED:
Medical services provided include:

  • Multidisciplinary care for high-risk neonates
  • High-frequency ventilation, including the oscillator and jet ventilators
  • Inhaled nitric oxide therapy
  • ECMO
  • 24-hour, in-house coverage for high-risk deliveries
  • Pediatric subspecialty consultations
  • Neonatal Transport Services
  • Neonatal screening services (Endocrine, metabolic, cardiac and hearing)

Achievements

  • First successful ECMO for Neonatal Respiratory Cause in India

UNIQUE SERVICES OFFERED IN THE DEPARTMENT:
1) SCOPE: Sri Ramachandra Center Of Excellence in PErinatal Health
The Perinatal Center (SCOPE) a tertiary care facility will serve as the ultimate place for the high-risk mother and the baby in Chennai Region. The concept proposes to develop an integrated. a multidisciplinary system that would promote the delivery of health care for mothers and babies according to their needs. The well developed Obstetrics team and its fetal medicine program, providing state of the art services to high-risk mothers, and the Neonatology team providing the state of the art services to high-risk babies are the major strengths for SCOPE.
Goals

  • Promoting health of mother and the baby
  • Providing access to high-quality health care to pregnant women, newborns, and postpartum women
  • Providing consulting services and health education to health care professionals at the community Hospitals
  • Providing maternal and Neonatal transport services
  • Promote post graduate training in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Promote Community Health focusing on Maternal and Child Health
  • Promote training of Other health professionals involved in providing maternal and child health (Nursing, Child Development etc.)
  • Promoting Research in the field of maternal-child health

Services Provided

  • One Stop Services to women that include Pre-conceptual, antenatal, inter - partum clinical services
  • Provide all subspecialty services, laboratory supports, and medical / diagnostic imaging services needed by pregnant women, newborns, and postpartum women.
  • Provide excellent state of the art Perinatal (Fetal) and Neonatal services (NICU) by trained specialists
  • Neonatal services are available 24x7 round the year
  • Neonatal and maternal transport services are available 24x7
  • Provide Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery facilities

Provision of Consultative Services 

  • Provide 24-hour consultation and subspecialty services
  • Genetic services (karyotyping), Fish etc.
  • Metabolic Screening services
  • Neonatal Follow-up services
  • Speech and hearing tests
  • ROP screening tests

2) Karthikeyan Child Development Unit (KCDU)
KCDU is a well organized, first of its kind, Child Development Unit which offers neurodevelopmental follow up services for high-risk newborn babies and also assessment of children with developmental/ behavioral problems. This is an inter-departmental service that provides Pediatric and neurological assessments, developmental assessment, ophthalmic evaluation, speech and language evaluation, physiotherapy, psychological evaluation using standardized scales and nutritional assessment as a package under one roof.

3) Community Activity
Partnering with the Government (Department of Public Health), neonatal care programs are conducted at regular intervals to train the healthcare workers in newborn care and resuscitation through BNCRP (Basic Newborn Care Resuscitation Program) with an aim to reduce the neonatal mortality rate.

  • 162 BNCRP Workshops covering 6000 health care workers - Coordinated & Conducted across 21 Districts in TamilNadu (From 2012 till Sep 2016)
  • 8 Advanced Newborn Resuscitation Program (NRP) workshops Conducted till date (From 2013 till Sep 2016)

Our department conducts weekly clinic (every Tuesday) for children with developmental delays and genetic problems at VidyaSudha, an NGO that takes care of children with special needs.
Our Department initiated and supervised the development of a 25-bed neonatal care facility as an urban low-cost neonatal intensive care unit in Voluntary Health Services, Taramani, Chennai, a non-profit organization.
Consultants from our department are also involved in mentoring neonatal units of remote and rural areas in the most backward states  in India under Emmanuel Hospital Association.