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Pediatric Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapy is an important part of care at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Our respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for children in respiratory distress or who are suffering from breathing disorders.

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Augusta, GA 30912
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  • Pediatric Respiratory Therapy

Our Approach

The Children's Hospital of Georgia has the only team of specialized pediatric respiratory therapists in the area who provide a continuum of care for newborns to young adults up to age 21. The team is trained on, and uses, the most advanced equipment and therapies available. 

Respiratory Therapists are everywhere at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Chances are you can find us in many hospital clinics and labs such as the PFT (Pulmonary Function Testing) Lab. We also support emergency and critical care medicine in the region’s only Level IV (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Level I (highest level) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

As pioneers in Patient-and-Family-Centered Care, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia wants families to be involved every step of the way in how we care for your child, as a vital part of your child’s care, our respiratory therapists always keep to this philosophy.

We operate throughout Children’s Hospital of Georgia, teaming up with doctors, surgeons and care givers from many different departments. Our team is made up of registered respiratory therapists certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NPR)

Our respiratory therapists are on call 24/7 providing many life-saving services, such as:  

  • Emergency care for children with severe breathing problems, respiratory disease and trauma, including Intubation and airway replacement
  • High-risk birth and infant ventilation services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Neonatal and Pediatric ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) for critically ill babies and children
  • Postsurgical care, and pneumonia prevention for children after major surgery
  • Ventilation services, using special therapeutic gases such as nitric oxide and heliox

Care for chronic breathing disorders

We provide education and ventilation services for pediatric patients suffering from congenital or acquired breathing disorders such as:

  • Pediatric Asthma: We treat patients using proven protocols and use our expertise to educate families on how to manage asthma care at home.
  • Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis: We provide comprehensive care and education to patients and their families who are dealing with cystic fibrosis.
  • Neuromuscular disorders: We work with neuromuscular patients with the overall goal of keeping the lungs clear and open.

Supporting emergency responders

Whether your child is already in the hospital or on their way to us, our respiratory therapists are part of the medical team getting your child to where they need to be. We are part of the:

  • Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Teams, to provide breathing support for ill or injured children in transit to CHOG.
  • Pediatric Evaluation Team, helping to quickly evaluate the condition of an inpatient child.
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

McKie, Kathleen Tarrant, MD

Pediatrics (General)

Hudson, Valera Lucile, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology

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