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The Mother-Child Intensive Care Center aims to decrease infant mortality and improve the quality of life by drawing on the expertise of a range of departments including the department of pediatrics, pediatric surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, pediatric urology, laboratory medicine, and radiology, to diagnose congenital anomalies of fetuses before birth, and to provide optimal treatment after birth.

Major areas of treatment

  • High-risk pregnancies: Premature labor, premature rupture of membranes, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, multifetal gestation, etc.
  • Treatment of premature babies
  • Fetal anomalies: Congenital facial malformation, congenital musculoskeletal anomaly, congenital gastrointestinal disorder, congenital urologic disorder, congenital central nervous system disorder, congenital cardiac malformation, etc.

Strengths

Launched in 2012, the Mother-Child Intensive Care Center provides multidisciplinary medical care to address complex congenital malformations, including congenital heart malformations, gastrointestinal disorders, urologic disorders, and cleft lip and palate. Based on this dedicated and interdisciplinary approach, we have managed to increase the survival rate for extremely premature infants (only 23~24 weeks old) to over 80%. Other notable benefits of the Mother-Child Intensive Care Center include the following:

  • A board-certified fetal doctor performs a detailed ultrasonographic examination immediately after preliminary examination.
  • Additional in-depth exams such as amniocentesis, fetal echocardiography, and fetal MRI can be done promptly if necessary.
  • If treatment is necessary after birth, we provide direct consultation with a board-certified expert in the relevant field.
  • We provide prompt, collaborative treatment and exams to minimize the mother’s anxiety and to provide optimal therapy after the baby is born.
  • SMC NICU

Diagnostic exams

  • Obstetric detailed ultrasonographic examination
  • Obstetric amniocentesis
  • Pediatric cardiology – Fetal echocardiogram
  • Radiology – Fetal MRI

1. Latest treatment methods

Surgical results have improved thanks to a better understanding of the pre- and post-operative pathophysiology of diseases.
This has improved preoperative management starting with early diagnosis, intraoperative function of the heart-lung machine, and improved postoperative management.
For most diseases, complete correction is possible when the patient is still an infant, allowing us to avoid multiple palliative surgeries and to decrease complications that can occur before complete correction. For example, the department of pediatric surgery in the Mother-Child Intensive Care Center performs minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopy and thoracoscopy to achieve rapid postoperative recovery and excellent esthetic results. Other diseases can be improved dramatically through fetal therapy, and if the fetal disease improves, no additional treatment may be necessary after birth. Appropriate examination and counseling can prevent unnecessary fetal miscarriages, and lead to the birth of a healthy baby.

2. Recent trends in clinical research

We are currently conducting the world’s first research into cord blood mesenchymal stem cell therapy for the treatment of chronic lung diseases and intraventricular hemorrhages in premature infants. This is also the first time that a clinical study has been conducted on extremely premature infants. Our hospital played a central role in establishing the Korean Neonatal Network (KNN), a program whereby data collected from very low birth weight infants born in Korea is put into a clinical trial registry, making it easier for doctors to organize clinical studies on a national level.

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Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.