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
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
What We Do
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
- 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
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.