Critical Care

Al Jalila Children’s is the leading centre for critically ill children and adolescents in the Middle East region and provides a wide range of services in state-of-the-art facilities and clinical expertise for specialised medical and nursing care. Our 45 bed Critical Care Centre comprises 3 critical care areas:

NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit)
CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)

The Critical Care Centre promotes the health and safety of children who are critically ill or injured or who suffer acute or chronic pain, requiring continuous, comprehensive, and detailed intensive care because of the critical nature of the their disease or illness.

Care of the critically-ill patient is provided by the specialist paediatric physicians and critical care staff, highly skilled in caring for children under serious or life-threatening circumstances.

Our team offers a broad range of treatment, ranging from nutrition therapies in our paediatric intensive care units to caring for children with chronic respiratory conditions. We have the capacity to treat more than 2,000 patients annually.

The overall goal of the Centre is to:

  • Enhance patient safety
  • Promote a family centred approach
  • Provide continues follow up of discharged infant at risk
  • Promote team work and professional development

The NICU is a 22-bed level IV unit that provides care to Neonates and infants < 60 days old that are referred from all hospitals in the United Arab Emirates and Gulf countries.

Medical and surgical conditions that are admitted to the NICU include

  • Airways and laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Nephrology and Genitourinary Surgeries
  • General surgery
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Haematological disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Electrolytes disturbances
  • Congenital malformations and syndromes

Patients admitted to NICU may be transferred to the PICU at 6 months post-conceptual age.

Commonly performed procedures, services and functions include:
Intubation, extubation, chest tube insertion, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy, paracentesis, insertion of UAC, UVC, PICC line, surgical central line, intravenous access, exchange transfusion, ventricular tapping, external ventricular drainage, lumbar puncture, peritoneal tapping, peritoneal drainage, peritoneal dialysis, rectal dilatation, Suprapubic urine aspiration. Total parenteral nutrition, surfactant therapy. PO gavage feeding, promotion of breast feeding/lactation assistance. Respiratory support including nasal CPAP, high flow nasal cannula, non-invasive ventilation (NIV NAVA and conventional), invasive ventilation (conventional, neutrally adjusted and high frequency). Nitric oxide therapy, sub-ambient oxygen therapy. Cardiopulmonary monitoring, ET CO2, amplitude integrated EEG, infrared spectroscopy. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Our facilities are equipped to perform certain surgical procedures in the NICU surgery room, including:

  • Thoracic surgery: PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus)
  • Abdominal surgery: laparotomy for NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis), intestinal perforation, malrotation, intestinal obstruction, abdominal wall defect repair, stoma creation.
  • Genitor-urinary surgery: urinary diversion (nephrostomy, pyelostomy, ureterostomy, vesicostomy), hydrometrocolpos.
  • Ophthalmology: ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) laser
  • CVL (central venous line or central venous catheter) insertion

Other surgical interventions may be performed in NICU when the patient is unstable to be transferred to the OT these include, but are not limited to TEF, CDH, CCAM, CLE, Neurenteric cysts, and Tracheostomy.

Our PICU is designed and equipped with the latest medical technology and utilises numerous high level diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to facilitate critical and intensive care management for our children and adolescent patient populations. The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is an intensive care unit for patients beyond the neonatal age (29 days old full term or corrected age beyond 40 weeks of the ex-preterm babies provided their weight is more than 3 kg) through adolescence.

The CICU is part of the Heart Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s with ten dedicated CICU beds and individual rooms with a 1:1 nurse to patient ratio. We have an expert team of paediatric cardiac intensivists to take care of children of all age groups before and after surgery. They are available round-the-clock and are supported by a dedicated team of physiotherapists and respiratory therapists in the CICU who are trained in rehabilitation of children after the treatment of their heart ailments. The CICU is strategically located and is directly accessible from our Cardiac Operation Suites. The unit has facilities for advanced ventilatory modes including Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA), High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV) along with nitric oxide delivery systems. We have one of the most advanced facilities for providing both short and long-term mechanical circulatory support (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for children with failing heart not responsive to conventional treatment.


Dr. Christoph Fink

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Ahmed Elajab


Dr. Ahmed Onsy

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Anil Ramaiah

Cardiac Intensivist

Dr. Aqdas Saqib

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Emad M Fathi

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Marco Pallavidino

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Mohamed Elmesserey

Paediatric Intensivist

Dr. Subashini Baskaran

Paediatric Intensivist


      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
800 AJCH (8002524)
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