Neonatal and Pediatric respiratory care practitioners (RCP’s) working at White Memorial Medical Center are specialty trained therapists, caring for patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Labor and Delivery, and pediatric floor in addition to attending pediatric emergencies in the Emergency Department. RCP’s that work in the 28 bed NICU, 28 bed pediatric unit and 5 bed PICU treat more than 1,000 children each year are an integral part of the health care team and enjoy autonomy due to their degree of specialized training.
100% of our Neonatal and Pediatric RCP’s are Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and have taken the Neonatal Pediatric specialty board exam. RCP’s treat patients ranging in age from birth through adolescence presenting various disease processes including asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital heart and lung disease, RSV and others.
Our neonatal and pediatric respiratory therapists are responsible for therapeutic interventions including:
— Ventilator management with conventional as well as high-frequency oscillatory (HFO) ventilation
— Specialty gas monitoring and/or delivery
— Nitric oxide administration
— Blood gas acquisition and interpretation
— Specialized student training
RCP’s that work in the NICU/PICU are part of the Pediatric RRT and Code Blue teams which respond to all neonatal and pediatric emergencies. NICU respiratory therapists also are part of the Resuscitation team that attends all high-risk and C-section births. Additional services include NICU and PICU transport team members in which our transport team travels by ambulance to community hospitals to stabilize and transport infants and children to WMMC, where they can receive a higher degree of specialized care.