Abu Dhabi, UAE: Al Ain’s Tawam Hospital has boosted its neurological services for infants with state-of-the-art cerebral function monitoring system.
Tawam Hospital, owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), intensified its care for newborns with the addition of the cerebral function monitoring (CFM) or the ?amplitude integrated electroencephalogram; it is now part of standard care at the neonatal ? intensive care unit.
The new monitoring system, placed by the baby’s bedside, is a valuable tool to diagnose serious neonatal neurological disorders like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or oxygen deprivation at birth, and seizures disorders.
It is a user-friendly system as the brain activity recorded by the machine can be interpreted easily by the nurses and junior physicians at the bedside.
In turn, the attending physician can promptly diagnose whether a baby is suffering from neurological disorder or is in the pink of health.
The information obtained by the CFM recording is a diagnostic tool that helps to decide whether a baby should receive total body cooling therapy or not. Total body cooling is an intervention that should be done within six hours of birth, aimed at decreasing body ?temperature, which prevents further neurological damage.
Tawam Hospital has been the sole referral centre for total body cooling since 2011, for Al Ain district.
“As a lead for this programme, I can say that the use of CFM is a significant development to provide state-of-the-art care to neonates. As a result, we are pleased to report that Tawam Hospital is at par with international standards when it comes to taking care of high risk neonates,” said Dr Moghis Ur Rehman, NICU consultant.
Dr Nada Salman, consultant and chief of neonatology, said: “State-of-the-art technologies such as CFM are a big boost to helping patients have a healthier life. Most importantly, this technology reflects the innovation and quality improvement in patient care at Tawam Hospital.”
© Khaleej TimesAug 2016