PICU and NICU
The paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a special section of a health care facility that delivers the highest level of medical attention to sick or injured children. Nurses who work in PICU are specially trained to provide continuous, intensive care to their young patients. Routine nursing tasks in the PICU may include monitoring the patient’s blood pressure, breathing and heart rate.
Neonatal nurses (NICU) work either within specialist neonatal units (within maternity or children’s hospitals) or in the community.
Neonatal nurses care for new-born babies who are premature or born sick. There are a vast number of conditions that can affect a new-born baby and require treatment from specialists within the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Premature babies have particular problems such as respiratory difficulties that can be life threatening if not treated promptly and appropriately by the specialist team. Likewise, the nutritional needs of the sick newborn and premature babies will require specialist care.
The neonatal nurse also has the important role of supporting the parents of the baby at a time when they themselves are very anxious and stressed. As far as possible, the parents and occasionally other family members are encouraged to take an active role in the care of the baby.
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