Two recent pieces of equipment purchased with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) funds quickly made an impact. The jet ventilator, also called a high frequency ventilator, inflates the baby’s lungs once and then sends or jets 200 to 500 teeny tiny puffs per minute of air into the lungs, breathing for the baby in a much gentler way.
“This is a very important piece of equipment for the modern neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to have because the average age of premature infants is getting younger and younger,” Gordon Brown, Lead Respiratory Therapist in the Boekelheide NICU said. “Some of the most premature babies we admit to the NICU are more than four months premature and barely weigh one pound. At this stage of the baby’s development, their lungs are not strong enough to sustain life outside of the womb. The jet vent allows us to breathe for these tiniest of babies in the gentlest way possible.”
Another piece of equipment helps nurses and other providers improve patient care. The SimNewB, an authentic and comprehensive neonatal patient simulator, is used during neonatal emergency medicine and resuscitation courses. It allows healthcare providers to improve communication, build confidence, refine critical thinking skills and ultimately help improve neonatal patient outcomes.