Machine that moves air in and out of the lungs for your child who needs help breathing. It is often connected to a tracheostomy tube in a child's neck. Ventilators are crucial and often life sustaining devices, which may have to be in use up to 24 hours a day.
Blows air continuously through tubing to a mask secured over your child's nose. The air pressure helps keep your child's air passages open to help him/her breathe easier. It is most often used while sleeping, but can be used continuously.
BiPAP or BiLevel
Blows air through tubing to a mask secured over your child's nose. The machine is set to deliver a higher pressure when your child is inhaling and a lower pressure when your child is exhaling.
Air from machines (ventilator, CPAP, BiLevel, compressor) is cold and dry. Heated humidity adds warmth and moisture to the air, so your child's airway does not become too dry.
An oral or airway suction machine removes thick or excessive fluid and/or mucus produced in the mouth or other parts of the breathing path. It can come in both a stationary or portable model. A gastric suction machine removes excessive fluid and/or mucus produced in the stomach or the tube leading to the stomach (esophagus).
Oxygen systems include equipment such as oxygen concentrators for continuous delivery of oxygen, oxygen tanks for portability and regulators to control the flow.
A drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. It is offered in both a semi-stationary or portable form. They are available in standard form or as a character, such as seals, pandas and animals to help ease the fear in small children. A modern jet nebulizer is vial of 0.5% albuterol sulfate as inhalation solution for nebulizing. Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases.
Monitors are used measure how well internal parts and systems of the body are working.
Equipment used to show how well the heart and lungs work. Doctors use the test results to decide if a child needs medical treatment.
Airway clearance systems
There are several types of airway clearance machines that remove thick or excessive mucus from the lungs and from air passages to the lungs.
Phototherapy is the process of using light to eliminate bilirubin, a substance that is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Physiological jaundice, caused by an elevated bilirubin level, is the most common cause of newborn jaundice and occurs in more than 50 percent of babies. Babies have an immature liver, so bilirubin is processed slower. An initial sign that your might have jaundice is a yellow skin tone. Through phototherapy, your baby's skin and blood absorb the light rays and change bilirubin into products that can pass out of their body.
The length of time for phototherapy treatment can vary from one baby to the next, as each condition is different. Your health care provider will prescribe the amount of time your baby will need each day.
Most babies have phototherapy treatment for several days. Your baby's bilirubin level will be tested during treatment, usually by a small sample of blood taken from the baby's heel. These tests will determine when normal levels of bilirubin are reached and phototherapy is no longer needed.
Phototherapy in the home can be provided in multiple forms.
Are there side effects of using phototherapy?
Babies under any type of phototherapy treatment will have frequent and loose bowel movements that are sometimes greenish in color. This is normal since this is the way the body removes the bilirubin. This will be temporary and should stop when treatment is completed. Contact your doctor if it persists after treatment is completed.
Can my baby sleep on a biliblanket?
Yes. Your hospital will outline the schedule for your child's treatment. However, the biliblanket can be used 24 hours a day for as long as necessary. With this convenient form of phototherapy your child can be diapered, clothed, held and nursed during treatment.
Why is my baby's skin ‘bleached or reddened' where the biliblanket pad has been in contact with the skin?
The skin in direct contact with the pad is the first area where bilirubin is broken down. This breakdown process is not harmful; in fact, it contributes to the treatment of your baby and causes this portion of skin to turn to its normal color. As the treatment process continues, bilirubin is removed from the blood and the rest of the skin. As the bilirubin is lowered to acceptable levels, all of your baby's skin will return to its normal color.
Will my baby be rotated on the pad to treat all of his/her skin?
No, only a small portion of the bilirubin is in the fatty tissue of the skin. The majority of the bilirubin is in the blood. The circulation of the blood will bring the bilirubin to the lighted area where it will be broken down. It is important that the plain lighted area of the covered pad, the area without writing, is against the baby's skin at all times during treatment. Clothing can then be applied over the system.
Enteral feeding pumps use feeding tubes to deliver nutrition to children who cannot obtain such by swallowing. Beyond the nutrients of food, they’re also used to deliver medications, antibiotics and to keep the patient sufficiently hydrated.
Benefits of using a feeding pump:
Cook Children's Home Health offers a wide variety of pumps and supplies that deliver formula to patients continuously in a lightweight and portable form to allow your family to maintain as many regular activities as possible.
Patients and families can order routine supplies every month by calling their assigned Patient Service Coordinator (PSC) Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at 682-885-6294 or toll free at 800-747-8242 or by emailing the PSC at firstname.lastname@example.org. To better help you know what supplies you may need, simply click on the links below to view the item along with the order number.
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