Neonatal Unit Opens
We are excited to share that Lao Friends Hospital for Children has officially opened its very own Neonatal Unit! This unit will enable staff to better focus on the needs of newborn babies and their families, enabling them to deliver high-quality compassionate care in a pleasant and quiet environment.
Newborn babies, or neonates, require special care due to a series of challenges faced in the early stages of life. During the first 28 days of life, neonates are very small and thus often have immature lungs, low birth weights, and an undeveloped immune system. These fragile conditions can lead to low blood sugars, low oxygen levels, chest infections, skin infections, and jaundice. Caring properly for neonates therefore requires special equipment, trained staff, and a dedicated and isolated area. The neonatal unit at LFHC will provide all of these.
In preparation for the opening of the unit, doctors and nurses received specific training from a group of experienced nurses from the Thai Red Cross. This not only increased the technical knowledge of our staff in neonatal care, but has also their confidence in handling and caring for such vulnerable patients.
One of the first patients admitted to the Neonatal Unit was a baby suffering from severe beriberi, an illness caused by thiamine deficiency. Left untreated, beriberi can lead to heart failure, breathing difficulties, and death. The Khmu family travelled from the Xieng Ngeun district of Luang Prabang to bring the baby to LFHC. After oxygen, fluids, and thiamine treatment, the baby has done extremely well and is fully recovered.