Oyster & Pearl Hospitals launches world-class, hi tech Obstetrics ICU in Pune

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India is a fast growing country in terms of technology and infrastructure. Medical facilities and services too are keeping pace with this growth. But India still has a high maternal mortality rate – around 200 per lakh deliveries.

India, which accounts for the largest number of maternal deaths in the world, is unlikely to achieve the fifth Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality to 109 per 1,00,000 live births by 2015.

'Dr. Amita Phadnis, HOD – Pediatrics & Neonatology, and CMD, Oyster & Pearl Hospitals, speaking at the launch of their world-class hitech Dedicated Obstetrics ICU at their ONP Tulip Hospital.'“This high maternal mortality is attributed to lack of health care services in rural and remote areas. But delay & unavailability in medical care even in poor urban areas contributes a lot to these high mortality figures. There are many such near miss mortalities in urban sector because of lack of proper ICU care to these mothers”, explains Dr. Amita Phadnis, HOD – Pediatrics & Neonatology, and CMD, Oyster & Pearl Hospitals, Pune.

There is a growing need of maternal ICU care which are different set ups than routine ICUs and need expertise in this field. Hence Oyster & Pearls Hospital has launched a dedicated Obstetrics ICU – a concept of maternity ICU which can take care of all such high risk pregnancies and patients with post delivery complications needing ICU care.

“Proper ICU care will not only save many mothers’ life but also will treat many in time to save the baby’s life and contribute to reduction in India’s neonatal mortality rate too.

A stitch in time saves nine – Good care starts from the time couples plan a pregnancy or with the “good news” of a pregnancy – regular and comprehensive antenatal care, with check up, tests, nutrition and ultra sound examination for anomalies, fetal Doppler flow studies, to detect high risk conditions, management of the high risk pregnancy, proper monitoring during the time close to delivery and timely intervention in case of any anticipated problems followed by post pregnancy care and follow up post natal care.

This triad of ante natal,( before delivery) intra natal ( during the delivery ) and post natal ( after delivery ) care, must all be addressed in a comprehensive manner.

“Over the last 50 years, we have ensured smooth management of thousands of high-risk pregnancies”, says Dr Amita Phadnis. She also emphasizes that today, diabetes is a common complication in pregnancy and the experience at their hospital is unparalleled.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

Many conditions such as advanced maternal age (over 35 years), diabetes during pregnancy, pregnancy induced high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, HIV infections, being over-weight or under-weight, etc.”Also, poor obstetric history, medical conditions in the mother like asthma, heart diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer, blood disorders, may result in high risk pregnancy”, Post partum hemorrhage,(PPH), embolism, DIC are some of the problems which occur post delivery, elaborates Dr. Amita Phadnis.

Social Factors related to maternal mortality :

· Lack of institutional delivery

· Referral centers not in easy reach – geographical factors

· Lack of trained Doctors / Staff in Rural Areas

· Non availability of Blood Banks –blood products – in ‘Golden time’

Economic factors :

· Need for obstetric ICU-

· Lack of Infrastructure needed to manage High risk cases/ obstetric emergencies in small hospitals

· Trained personnel – doctors , Sisters, technicians.

· 1:1 ratio of Doctor/sister :Patient in High risk cases

· Training / mock drills for management of PPH to reduce MM due to preventable cause

· Ventilatory support in Cardiac / pulmonary causes

The obstetrician is the team later in the Maternity ICU ably supported by anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians and intensivists, with experience in pregnancy related care.

The team effort helps to maintain high standards in maternity ICU care and each of these pillars is equally important.

“Oyster & Pearl is proud to have all these facilities under one roof and is very well equipped to handle any level of emergency and critical obstetric care needed”, adds Dr. Amita Phadnis.

All doctors are welcome to bring their high risk pregnant patients for management and obstetric ICU management to ONP Tulip Hospital and they will be ably supported by our team, she further said.

That’s not all – Drs. Avinash & Amita Phadnis, who stand tall, with a legacy of 50 years dedicated to healthcare, have contributed socially to woman & child health in the less privileged sector through charitable work for around 7 years, delivering about 120 babies every month.

With a strong background in charitable work in the women’s health sector, ‘Harmony Medical Trust’, is a platform created to assist in delivering healthcare to the needy. If you feel strongly and would like to help a patient with pregnancy related problems or needing Obstetric ICU care, a premature baby or a sick newborn in the NICU, do let us know.

For more details please contact :

ONP Tulip Hospital on +9120-66470647 / 66470600 or [email protected]

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