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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists play a very valuable role in the care of your baby that begins in the delivery room and the NICU. The respiratory therapists at Children's Hospital & Medical Center assess, treat and monitor babies with heart and lung (cardiopulmonary) problems that may require breathing assistance with a ventilator or initiation of medical gases. They will set up and monitor your baby's ventilator, provide oxygen therapy and medical gas therapy for babies with specific kinds of lung or heart problems, and provide chest percussions and inhaled steroids and bronchodilators. If your baby is intubated (assisted with a breathing tube) and needs to be transported to other areas of Children's for tests, a respiratory therapist will accompany your baby to monitor his or her ventilator.