(MENAFN Press) The specialised paediatric team at the University Hospital Sharjah was able to treat of newborn boy in critical condition and to discharge him from the hospital in a good health in a week's time. The baby was diagnosed with a life-threatening bacterial poisoning resulting from hypoxemia caused by vasogenic shock, poisoning, and low vascular perfusion that led to bluish limbs due to the lack of adequate oxygen. The baby's life was at serious risk.
The medical team on duty recognised the bacterial poisoning due to signs of infection. Soon after, examination showed that the baby was suffering from septicaemia, and was immediately given antibiotics and intravenous fluids. The recovery was so speedy that the medical team stopped blood vessel supplements in 48 hours and the antibiotics in 7 days as the baby was recovered and his condition had stabilised.
In his statement, Prof Hakam Al Yaseen, UHS Medical Director, said: "About 30% of bacterial infections of newborn babies cannot be detected in the lab. There are two types of bacteria “ Streptococcus and Escherichia Coli “ which often cause this inflammatory syndrome. Rapid breathing is the most common symptom. The baby was immediately referred to the intensive care unit as this life-threatening case required urgent intervention."
He added: "Rapid breathing in a newborn baby is not abnormal and the baby often recovers within 2 hours. If the condition continues longer, immediate medical intervention is required. The first step after diagnosis was to give the baby antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Thanks to the medical team's efficient response, the infant received treatment quickly and his recovery was speedy."
Dr Al Yaseen clarified: "This bacterium can be easily be transmitted to any baby without any specific cause “ even the most advanced medical centres in the world are not capable of identifying the cause. Treatment depends on skilled diagnosis and close follow up. Lab reports also play a role in keeping the medical team updated on the progress of the patient's condition. Through this strategy at the UHS, we have been able to save lives of many babies."
The University Hospital Sharjah has a well-equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and highly experienced team of healthcare professionals who provide around the clock neonatal and maternal care. The unit offers early detection and diagnosis of inflammatory conditions so as to administer the appropriate treatment that prevents serious complications.