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New Intensive Care Unit Especially For Children

<p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: helvetica;"></span></p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">​The Aga Khan University Hospital opened a new intensive care unit on May 23 2016, especially designed to treat children fighting life-threatening diseases.  Every year, 6.6 million children under the age of five - primarily newborns - die from preventable causes. Very few hospitals in Karachi have a dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The new facility has eight large rooms whose open spaces have been designed to enable a variety of specialists to collaborate in treating the child. A dedicated waiting area is present for families and a parent can be with the child in the room whenever s/he is awake. Every room is equipped with state-of-the-art ventilators and advanced syringe pumps to administer essential medicines. Monitoring systems constantly track breathing, heart function and electrical activity in the brain. The PICU also houses two negative pressure isolation rooms to provide special care to children with contagious diseases. The advanced systems available in each room are used by skilled paediatricians, supported by a team of nurses – one nurse to each patient ensuring that no child in intensive care is left alone. Each nurse is trained to identify signs of worsening health in young babies and is aware of how to calm the fears of children and parents in the unfamiliar environment of a hospital.  The opening of the PICU follows the January 2015 doubling in the capacity of the University Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to a 24-bedded unit, which cares for babies under 28 days old. The Aga Khan University Hospital is grateful to the generous donor who made the new PICU possible.</span><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/>