Using a ventilator is only one of the procedures necessary for ventilation therapy. Related treatments to monitor the baby’s lung function, reduce the stress on the lungs and introduce surfactant must be completed when needed.
Surfactant is the slippery, protective substance in the lungs that help it inflate with air. Babies who need ventilation therapy may not produce this substance or do not produce enough of the substance. Surfactant must be administered to the lungs to avoid damage and increase the success of ventilation therapy.
Other related treatments to ventilation therapy are used to avoid the complications of invasive mechanical ventilation or when a breathing machine cannot be used. These treatments include the following:
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Inhaled nitric oxide
Ask the doctor to determine which treatment is the best for your infant’s unique needs and condition. Schedule an appointment at Florida Hospital, today.