Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at American Hospital Dubai caters to the critical care needs of almost the entire pediatric population from 1 month to 18 years of age. We are able to look after children with a variety of life-threatening conditions and restore them to their pre-morbid state. It is led by staff trained in the west and supported by a dedicated team of multidisciplinary professionals devoted to supporting the family during, what can be, one of the most stressful times in their life.

  • Life-threatening conditions that we routinely treat
  • Severe chest infections due to bacterial and viral pathogens
  • Asthma
  • Croup
  • Septicemia
  • Prolonged seizures (Status Epilepticus)
  • Trauma including head injury
  • Neurological conditions such as meningitis, encephalitis, coma due to any cause
  • Patients requiring long term ventilation and transition to home ventilation
  • Complex fluid and electrolyte disturbances from SIADH, Diabetes Insipidus and salt wasting
  • Recovery following complex surgery on the bowels, chest, brain and other vital organs

Apart from the medical team, our multidisciplinary team include:

  • PICU trained nurses
  • Pediatric Pharmacists
  • Pediatric Dietitians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists

The range of technical services provided, to name a few, are as follows:

  • Mechanical respiratory support – non-invasive, invasive (conventional, high-frequency oscillatory ventilation)
  • Inhaled nitric oxide
  • Hemodynamic monitoring using indwelling arterial catheters, central venous catheters, and therapy with vasoactive medications
  • Echocardiography (ECHO), electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring and management of raised intracranial pressure
  • Nutritional supplementation via nasogastric, nasojejunal, or parenteral nutrition
  • Renal replacement therapy using peritoneal dialysis and continuous venovenous hemofiltration
  • Post-tracheostomy care
  • Ultrasound-guided procedures such as insertion of invasive arterial, central venous, and hemofiltration catheters, urinary catheters, chest drains, nasojejunal tube insertions, and insertion of long-term intravenous access.

Doctors Panel of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Afsheen Baig Chughtai

GP-Pediatrics

English, Urdu

Mustafa Yousef Akar

GP-Pediatrics

Arabic, English

Nayan Shetty

Consultant Pediatric Intensivist

English, Hindi

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