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

PICU doctor

English, Urdu

Chetan Gupta

Consultant Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine

English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu

Divin Omanakuttan

Specialist Pediatrician

English, Hindi, Malayalam

Mustafa Yousef Akar

PICU doctor

Arabic, English

Nayan Shetty

Consultant Pediatric Intensivist

English, Hindi

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