Department Head: Iwona Maruniak-Chudek, MD. Ph.D.
Head Nurse: Sabina Losa, MA
Secretary’s office of the Department: (32) 207 17 52
Number of beds: 52; including 18 beds in the intensive therapy unit and 34 beds in the neonatal pathology unit
Information for the parents:
Attending physician: contact on working days, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Department Head / Department Deputy Head: contact on working days, by prior appointment arranged in the secretary’s office
Scope of activity:
The Department of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology on the basis of which the Clinic of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology was established, has been providing the small patients with medical care since 2000. The Department of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology has at its disposal 18 beds in the intensive therapy unit and 34 beds in the neonatal pathology unit, and it is one of the largest centres of this type in Poland. The Department of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology provides services in neonatology at the reference level III. It serves as a reference centre for early treatment of phenylketonuria, and since June 2013 it has also been a reference centre for early treatment of other inborn metabolism disorders diagnosed through screening. The Department is involved in the newborn hearing screening programme.
The main task of the Department is to provide treatment, diagnostics and care over sick and premature infants, based on the extensive specialized base of the hospital. The above mentioned objectives are pursued in the intensive therapy unit, where the patients with congenital heart diseases, respiratory disorders, infections or extreme prematurity are hospitalized, and in the neonatal pathology unit consisting of a semi-intensive section (continuous care rooms) and non-invasive section (indirect care rooms). Mothers can stay in the hospital together with their children on a continuous basis (the Department offers 10 places). The structure of the Department of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology also includes an operating unit with an operating room for patients admitted to the Department.
Operation of the department is largely based on specialized equipment for the performance of mechanical ventilation, provision of airways support, monitoring of vital functions and provision of safe environment for the sick and premature infants (adequate temperature and humidity). In addition, the Department also possesses a modern ultrasonograph, transcutaneous monitor of oxygen and carbon dioxide pressure, apparatus for measuring the tissue oxygenation level, a laser enabling one to treat retinopathy of prematurity, equipment for therapeutic hypothermia and apparatus enabling one to evaluate the brain function (EEG).
The Clinic staff members are medical doctors who are specialists in neonatology, pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, as well as their younger colleagues who pursue specialization trainings in neonatology.
The Clinic of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology of the Department of Pediatrics of the Medical University of Silesia conducts teaching activity in pediatrics for the 4th and 5th year students of the Faculty of Medicine in Katowice and for the students pursuing an English-language program.
The clinic assistants conduct courses and trainings for medical doctors specializing in neonatology.
Neonatal Pathology Outpatient Clinic:
The patients admitted to the Clinic are children previously treated in the Department of Intensive Therapy and Neonatal Pathology and in the other centres who require to be monitored and controlled due to their prematurity, previous anoxia or congenital diseases. The Clinic pursues Medication Program of Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection.