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Complex Respiratory Program

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit has a Complex Respiratory Program designed to treat children, from birth to age 21, with acute or chronic lung disease with varying oxygen or ventilatory needs. 

Our respiratory therapists are highly-skilled in education, treatment and maintenance of patients diagnosed with both acute and chronic pulmonary disorders. Our respiratory therapists are experienced in caring for pediatric patients requiring:

  • Ventilator management – assist control; spontaneous intermittent mechanical ventilation (SIMV); CPAP
  • Tracheotomy management and care – trach collar; aerosol therapy; Passy-Muir valve; capping trials; decannulation
  • Airway clearance – vest therapy; chest physiotherapy; cough assist/coughalator
  • Oxygen therapy and monitoring – high flow nasal cannula; nasal/mask CPAP; nasal/mask BIPAP; continuous pulse oximetry
  • Medication administration – multi-dose inhalers (MDI); dry powder inhalers (DPI); mini nebulizer treatments

Complex Respiratory Conditions We Treat

  • Ventilator dependence
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic Lung Disease with Oxygen dependence
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Asthma
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Extreme prematurity
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Respiratory Therapy Services

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Respiratory medication therapy
  • Ventilator management
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Secretion management
  • Transition to home training

What to Expect

The interdisciplinary clinical team at Good Shepherd evaluates each child and creates an individualized care plan to meet his or her unique needs. During his or her stay, each child receives daily medical management by a board-certified pediatrician and therapy, which may include: respiratory, physical, occupational, speech and/or recreational.

The child’s family is an integral part of the rehabilitation team. His or her family will participate in weekly meetings to develop goals, assess progress and discuss the treatment plan. Upon discharge, family/patient education is provided to ensure that each child is safely transitioned home with maximum functional capacity and independence. Good Shepherd’s team will also work with the family to help facilitate home needs, including equipment, supplies and home care.

To request an evaluation, call 1-888-44-REHAB or fill out the form below.

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