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Division of Neonatology, Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology, Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb

This hospital has a hundred year long tradition in providing obstetric care and nowdays is the leading maternity hospital in the Republic of Croatia for complicated and high risk pregnancies. It has a modern and respectabile neonatological service which takes care of 4000 neonates annually. Among them, approximately 500 to 800 need more than standard care and 300 admissions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are recorded per year, mostly because of prematurity related complications. One third of all neonates born prematurely are those of extremely low birth weight (less than 1000 grams) and extremely low gestational age (less than 28 weeks). Our permanent goal is to improve their survival as well as to decrease morbidity risks, both short-term and long-term.

 

Zavod za neonatologiju, Klinika za ženske bolesti i porode, Klinički bolnički centar Zagreb

Ustanova ima stoljetnu tradiciju na području porodništva i vodeća je institucija u Republici Hrvatskoj u skrbi o rizičnim i kompliciranim trudnoćama. Posljedično, razvila je i respektabilnu, modernu neonatološku službu kroz čije odjele na godišnjoj razini prođe gotovo 4000 djece, od čega njih 500-800 treba neki oblik potpore i/ili liječenja. Pri tome se na Odjelu za intenzivno liječenje u prosjeku godišnje liječi oko 300, uglavnom nedonoščadi, od kojih je gotovo trećina onih ekstremno niske porođajne težine (ispod 1000g) i ekstremno kratkog trajanja trudnoće (manje od 28 tjedana). Trajni je cilj poboljšati njihovo preživljenje, te smanjiti rani novorođenački pobol, a time i rizik kasnih posljedice nedonošenosti.

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CRVENI NOSOVI klaunovidoktori

are professional performing artists specially trained as hospital clowndoctors. CRVENI NOSOVI are part of international organisation based in Austria, Vienna, RED NOSES Clowndoctors International.

Teams of two clowndoctors make regular clown visits to hospital wards.

CRVENI NOSOVI are visiting 7 hospitals in Zagreb and children's departments in hospitals in Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar and Split.

As soon as RED NOSES clowns appear in the pediatric ward, the air fills with fun and the children become carefree and happy, just like healthy ones. Transporting the children into a world of jokes, magic and music, and exuding a large portion of empathy, RED NOSES clowndoctors can make fear and pain quickly be forgotten. They give comfort and hope whilst bringing a new zest for life, and spice up the hospital room. 

CRVENI NOSOVI also visit home for elderly and disabled in Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka and Split.

The elderly in care often suffer from limitations in their mobility, perception, and ability to communicate. When RED NOSES clowns move around in geriatric facilities, they build bridges to the vital world of the youth. Using humor, the clowns activate pleasant memories within the elderly and integrate them into common games. The mobilization of older patients with dementia, depression and chronic illness is successfully supported by this clown care program.

Giving individual treatment as they visit their patients from bed to bed, they bring lots of laughter and brighter moments to the serious, real-life problems the patients are encountering.

Hospital stays, surgeries and tests are connected with fear, insecurity, and boredom - especially for children. The young patients often do not know what is happening to them, and do not understand the many questions and constant worry. They often feel lonely. No matter how good the medical care is, emotional needs and personal interaction are often neglected in everyday hospital routine.

A bridge between humour and health treatment is successfully created, increasing the quality of life and the well-being of those in medical care.

By bringing humour, solace and laughter into the hospital, clowndoctors boost the resistance and willpower of their patients.

In six years of our presence in Croatia we visited more than 70.000 sick and suffering bringing them joy and happiness.

http://www.crveninosovi.hr