Ninewells Hospital Shines as Sri Lanka’s Leader in Neonatal Care on World Prematurity Day

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –  When it comes to neonatal, Paediatric, and family healthcare excellence, Ninewells Hospital stands as the undisputed leader in the space,having consistently demonstrated exceptionally successful care of preterm infants. Accordingly, the hospital iscommemorating World Prematurity Day, as it reflects on its journey of transforming neonatal care in Sri Lanka, caring for over 200 preterm babies annually.

Central to its success isNinewells Hospital’s steadfast commitment to family-centeredneonatal care, ascientific, evidence-based approach,that calls for maintaining dignityfor all, creating an atmosphere of respect, and providing open information sharing with the family. This unique and modern approach fosters a sense oftrue partnership between the familyof the newborn and the healthcare team at Ninewells Hospital, ensuring that the delivery of care to preterm infants is a collaborative effort, and a supported journey undertaken together. This approach has proven its mettle with a high survival rate, and increased comfort, confidence, and understanding for families of preterm infants.

To further support parents and caregivers,Ninewells Hospital also uniquely arranges knowledge-sharing sessions before discharge from its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These sessions, conducted by seasoned healthcare professionals and specialists,cover a spectrum of crucial topics. From a comprehensive update on baby’s health to hands-on training in basic life support and CPR, the aim is to empower parents with essential skills for neonatal care at home. This initiative not only aligns with the hospital’s dedication to family-centered care but also contributes to improving parental confidence during what can be a stressful time.

Commenting on this modern approach and its benefits, Dr. Nalin Gammathige – Neonatal Paediatrician at Ninewells Hospital said, “Having understood the importance of working together with new families for better success rates and improved outcomes across the board, we are now even more determined to continue with our family-centered approach. On this Prematurity Day, where we celebrate the successful management of preterm deliveries around the world, we take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to our families and the communities we serve. We believe that by equipping parents with the skills needed to care for their babies, who may have arrived earlier than expected, we can ensure the best outcomes for all, and minimize preventable tragedies.”

The hospital’s neonatal care sessions for the families of pretermdeliveries cover vital aspects of infant care, includingguidance on home care, essential newborn care practices, infection prevention, thermoregulation, feeding techniques, correct medicine administration, sleeping positions, the identification of danger signs, hands-on training in basic life support/CPR/ and how to intervene in the event of an episode of choking. The hospital also imparts crucial information about emergency procedures, such as contact details for the nearest hospital and the 1990 ambulance service. Committed to ongoing support, Ninewells Hospital implements a follow-up plan for continued assistance, support, and monitoring. These measures come together to demonstrate the hospital’s dedication to empowering parents and working towards the best healthcare outcomes for preterm deliveries.


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