Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Mediclinic City Hospital, is a state of art specialised unit that provides care to critically ill infants, children and adolescents. It is a 24-hour service that operates 365 days a year.

The PICU stabilises and cares for children with a wide variety of medical and surgical problems including those who require ventilatory support, intensive monitoring, who present with uncontrolled seizures, breathing difficulties, sepsis, surgical cases, heart conditions, diabetic complications and worsening kidney function amongst many other critical care illnesses.

The unit is staffed with a team of very experienced UK-trained paediatric critical care consultants. Head of Department is Dr Helen Strike, who has extensive training and experience in two of the largest and most prestigious PICUs in Europe at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and London and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK. She most recently worked in Southampton Children’s Hospital PICU, UK which is also a large unit specialising in general PICU and paediatric cardiac surgery and ECMO.

Dr Suneel Pooboni  was awarded his MD from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India in 1987. After a brief career in India and Saudi Arabia, he continued his further education in the UK, leading to CCT in Paediatrics and Paediatric Critical Care. He undertook his PICU training at Birmingham Children’s hospital, UK and also a fellowship in Paediatric Critical Care from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. After pursuing a career spanning over two decades in the UK as a senior consultant in Paediatric Critical Care and Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation at the University Hospitals of Leicester, he moved to India to establish a paediatric critical care unit with ECMO facilities. Having successfully completed the project, he moved back to the UK. Prior to joining Mediclinic in Dubai, he worked for over two years establishing the paediatric critical care unit at Mafraq Hospital (now  Shaik Shakbout Medical City), Abu Dhabi.

All the consultants on the unit have Dubai Healthcare City Paediatric Critical Care Medicine licenses which is unique to this hospital in Dubai.

There are four PICU hospitalists and a team of highly skilled nurses with significant international experience in paediatric critical care. The care provided under the PICU is undertaken with the input of our multidisciplinary consultant team which comprises of a paediatric surgeon, paediatric cardiologist, paediatric neurologist, neurosurgeon, paediatric encodcrinologist, paediatric gastroenterologist, paediatric nephrologist, interventional radiologist, thoracic surgeon, physiotherapist, psychologist and clinical dietician.

We treat children who are critically ill with:

  • Asthma, respiratory infections, respiratory failure
  • Sepsis
  • Oncology related critical illness
  • Meningitis, encephalitis and intractable seizures
  • A wide range of paediatric surgical cases (pre- and post-operative)
  • Cardiac failure and congenital heart disease requiring non-surgical interventional procedures
  • Neurosurgical conditions
  • Kidney failure

The specialised services we provide include:

  • Stabilistaion of any acutely unwell child
  • Invasive and non-invasive ventilation
  • Central line and surgical line insertion
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Haemofiltration and haemodialysis for kidney failure
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • 24-hour access to MRI, CT scan and interventional radiology services

Medical equipment

  • Six bed spaces including one negative pressure isolation room
  • The latest state of the art “smart” beds for optimal patient comfort, safety and recovery
  • State of the art ventilators and high-frequency ventilator (HFOV)
  • Inhaled nitric oxide for pulmonary hypertension
  • Near infrared spectroscopy for assessing organ and tissue blood supply
  • EEG to detect seizures and brain activity
  • Bispectral index monitoring (BIS)  to assess brain function
  • State of the art ultrasound machine for point of care ultrasound assessment
  • Point of care blood gas analysis
  • State of the art monitoring systems (blood pressure monitor, cardiopulmonary monitor, pulse oximeters etc.)
  • Dedicated transport equipment for moving critically ill children within and outside the hospital

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