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Neonatology

Clinical focus
Medical services provided include:
  • Multidisciplinary care for high-risk neonates
  • High-frequency ventilation
  • 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, which serves as the ultimate place for the high-risk mother and the baby in Chennai region for both antenatal and postnatal care. The center is an integrated multidisciplinary system that promotes the delivery of health care for mothers and babies according to their needs. The Obstetric 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 of 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
Promoting post graduate specialty training in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
Promoting Community Health focusing on Maternal and Child Health
Promoting 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
All subspecialty services, laboratory supports, and medical / diagnostic imaging services needed by pregnant women, newborns, and postpartum women.
State of the art Perinatal (Fetal) and Neonatal services (NICU) by trained specialists
Neonatal services 24x7 
Neonatal and maternal transport services 24x7
Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery 

Provision of Consultative Services 
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.

Outpatient Services
Outpatient - Clinic / services in Medical Center: Monday to Saturday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Outpatient - Clinic / services in SRH: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Perinatal Counseling Services - SCOPE: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Child Developmental / High-Risk Follow-up - KCDU: Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Metabolic and rare diseases clinic- Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm
VidyaSudha Development and Genetic clinic – Tuesday 10am-12pm
Emergency services: 24x7