In India, 3.5 million of the 27 million births are premature and not every medical facility is well equipped to treat these cases. To help bridge this gap in outcomes, Fortis Hospital, Mulund conducted a two-day Neonatal and Paediatric Care Workshop for NICU nurses from various cities.
The workshop has been conceptualised and conducted by Dr Jesal Seth Senior Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Intensivist and Dr Sameer Sadawarte paediatrician at Fortis Hospital Mulund.
These included different simulation workstations which covered detailed topics on:
- Identification of a sick child
- Nursing approach to a hemodynamically unstable child
- NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)
- HFOV (High frequency oscillatory ventilation)
- Preparing oneself to attend a preterm delivery
- Infection control
- Counselling on Lactation
- Transport of a neonate
- Ventilator nursing care
- Approach to respiratory distress in preterm, neonatal pain
Training on understanding non- technical skills like managing a crisis and how important is clinical nursing in any critical medicine branch of an adult ICU, neonatal or paediatric ICU were also highlighted during the two-day activity. Each participant was allotted with a certificate of participation and training.
Speaking about the initiative Dr Jesal Seth Senior Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Intensivist said that, “It feels great to see participants willingly coming from various cities to get themselves trained and equipped which will help them overcome any difficult situation during emergencies. Nursing care is very important and one must be skilled enough and should have better understanding of the various factors and risk involved in difficult cases. We will continue undertaking such initiatives which can help train several nurses who are working towards taking care of children born in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”