While the therapy is a common procedure in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Ventilation therapy research and clinical trials help study the safety of the procedure and improve the process.
For instance, important treatment information, such as the amount of oxygen and the length of time oxygen is administered, is still being studied to find the optimal level. This information will help doctors to avoid complications and damage to the baby’s body.
Also, prevention strategies may help reduce the need for ventilation therapy. Research has shown that preventing prematurity is the best way to avoid the need for this life saving support. These prevention strategies include:
- Administer corticosteroids to speed up lung maturity
- Avoid unnecessary C-sections
- Stop premature labor