About the ward
The Neonatology Ward is a 30-bed ward of the second degree of reference in a three-stage system of perinatal care, the only one in northern Wielkopolska within a 100 km radius. We accept patients who require intensive care and specialist treatment, born in Piła and transferred from district hospitals, 1st degree. We work with the Neonatology Clinic in Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Toruń, where we deliver newborns dedicated to level III - with the most severe pathology - and from where we also admit newborns who require continued treatment, effective nutrition and care before discharge. For the diagnosis of newborns with birth defects we rely on cooperation with specialists in the field of pediatric cardiology, pediatric surgery, radiology, orthopedics, dermatology, ophthalmology. Thanks to the use of modern standards of care for the newborn and the updating of knowledge, following the trends of limiting antibiotic therapy in the neonatal period, it was possible to significantly reduce the number of treated children to a narrow group of patients, and in the case of suspected infection, to faster exclusion with drug discontinuation. All this thanks to clinical, imaging, microbiological (culture of body fluids) and inflammatory monitoring. The plans for the development of obstetric and neonatal care include the improvement of infrastructure and raising the standard of hospitalization, i.e. the renovation of the ward in order to improve the quality of services, to encourage childbirth in the comfortable conditions of our clinic.
Services provided by the Neonatal Department include in particular diagnostics and treatment as well as education of parents in the field of child care.
Infrastructure, screening diagnostic and educational programs:
we have 16 places in the “rooming-in system” = mother and child - for healthy newborns after physiological births,
from 2019, each delivery room is equipped with a newborn resuscitation station, which allows for quick professional assistance to the child after delivery, in the event of a life-threatening situation,
for newborns requiring special adaptation conditions, we have heating beds (5), open (3) and closed (10) incubators
for sick newborns, we have an intensive care room with 3 stations equipped with both variants of ventilation (non-invasive - Infant Flow, Duopap, Vapotherm and invasive devices - Babylog, Fabian),
Specialized devices available in the department for monitoring vital functions (cardiomonitors, pulse oximeters), bedside imaging (X-ray machine, ultrasound machine with ECHO head), modern phototherapy lamps ensure proper management.
continuous care room (3 places) - serves patients after the end of ventilation, in whom the necessary treatment is continued,
8 places of indirect care are intended for sick newborns who do not require ventilation,
premature babies over pregnancy week 32 are provided with comprehensive nutritional therapy, early rehabilitation, cardiological and sonographic diagnostics,
since 2021, the department has been implementing a screening program (paper tests) for hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and metabolic diseases, extended to SMA spinal muscular atrophy,
since 2003, the department has been implementing the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program
promotion of iron deficiency prophylaxis, anemia prevention and treatment, vitamin deficiency prevention, in accordance with current standards is carried out in the department,
the staff of the ward runs an educational program for parents in the field of newborn care, learning hygiene procedures, kangarooing, proper communication with the child and safety rules,
the priority for our department is the implementation of WHO recommendations in the field of natural nutrition of the newborn, which is implemented through education and professional lactation counseling.
For patients - additional information:
Breastfeeding mothers of patients admitted from other departments may be admitted to the maternity ward after prior arrangement with the head of the gynecology and obstetrics ward.
Mothers of treated newborns with some pathologies remain in the ward as long as the child's therapy lasts. They breastfeed in the feeding room or in the baby's room in comfortable armchairs.
Parents of newborns requiring special care are educated during hospitalization, can participate in childcare, and are part of the therapeutic team.