Blythedale’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is widely recognized as a national center of excellence due to the Hospital’s extraordinary success weaning fragile infants and children from respiratory support machines for an improved quality of life. Our parent training programs help ensure that caregivers are both confident and competent in caring for their child.
The goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is weaning from technology completely or to the least invasive support to facilitate the family's transition to home. Parents are involved in the care of their child every step of the way, and learn proper use of equipment, care of tracheostomy, and other aspects of respiratory support from the start of admission. This caregiver training is one of the hallmarks of the Blythedale experience.
Blythedale's modern respiratory support technology includes critical care ventilators, portable ventilators, BiPAP, CPAP, bubble CPAP and high flow nasal cannula in order to transition infants and children as quickly as possible from the intensive care unit (ICU). By providing attending pediatricians in the Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Blythedale has committed to a high quality and safe environment for medically fragile children to achieve their maximum potential.
In June of 2016, then three-month-old Mirela was admitted to Blythedale’s Infant & Toddler Unit for medical management of her complex condition, and potentially for ventilator weaning. She was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and chronic respiratory failure, as well as congenital...
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team
Blythedale’s team of pediatric pulmonologists, intensive care physicians and pediatric respiratory therapists work in concert with a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists to optimize each child’s function to help them achieve their treatment objectives.