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Neonatal Intensive Care

FrühgeborenesThe intensive care unit lies directly next to the maternity ward and the children’s room so that premature babies can stay near their mothers during treatment.

In this department we treat very small premature babies as well as sick newborns. Babies born at as early as 24 weeks (7th month) are usually able to survive. It is important that these infants receive immediate care near the delivery room. Special equipment such as incubators and artificial respirators are necessary. Specialists from the nearby pediatric clinic such as cardiologists, neurologists, or pediatric surgeons, can be called upon on short notice.

From time to time it is possible to diagnose diseases before birth. In these cases, pediatricians together with gynecologists will provide counsel to the parents. Pregnant women expecting a premature birth can also be counseled by pediatricians.

In addition we provide parental counseling to guide and accompany the patient and their families until they can be discharged from the hospital.

Our social worker offers help and information in difficult circumstances and legal situations. A comprehensive discharge schedule will ease the transition of the child form in-patient to ambulatory treatment.

We also have two so-called “parent rooms” to relieve some of the stress of families of premature babies.

The ongoing outpatient care center HaNa which helps parents of premature babies to return back into their own homes is also located in the Maistraße.

Mortality and morbidity of premature babies with a birth weight < 1500g

The “Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuß” (GBA  -- Federal Joint Committee) defines the indicators to determine the quality of the treatment and care. These indicators include survival rate and the frequency of typical diseases. The perinatal center of the university hospital in the city centre has regularly provided neonatal statistics on a voluntary basis for over 20 years. In addition, we record further data to internally analyze our treatment process. You can view a portion of the data in this PDF file. It includes the numbers for 2008 as well as a five year overview.

In accordance with the GBA the list of important possible complications includes the number of intraventricular hemorrhages (IVH), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC, a bowel infection) and retinopathy (disease of the retina).