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Challenges in Setting Up Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units in a Resource-Limited Country.
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PMID:  21930539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In collaboration with a host country and international medical volunteers, a PICU and an NICU were conceptualized and realized in the developing country of Nepal. We present here the challenges that were encountered during and after the establishment of these units. The decision to develop an ICU with reasonable goals in a developing country has to be made with careful assessments of need of that patient population and ethical principles guiding appropriate use of limited resources. Considerations during unit design include space allocation, limited supply of electricity, oxygen source, and clean-water availability. Budgetary challenges might place overall sustainability at stake, which can also lead to attrition of trained manpower and affect the quality of care. Those working in the PICU in resource-poor nations perpetually face the challenges of lack of expert support (subspecialists), diagnostic facilities (laboratory and radiology), and appropriate medications and equipment. Increasing transfer of severely ill patients from other health facilities can lead to space constraints, and lack of appropriate transportation for these critically ill patients increases the severity of illness, which leads to increased mortality rates. The staff in these units must make difficult decisions on effective triage of admissions to the units on the basis of individual cases, futility of care, availability of resources, and financial ability of the family.
Sangita Basnet; Neelam Adhikari; Janak Koirala
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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