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 will go everywhere. Chances are, you will find us in many CHOG
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, we encourage families to be involved
every step of the way in their child's care, our respiratory therapists will always
embrace this philosophy.
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
- 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:
- Asthma: We treat patients using proven protocols and use our expertise to educate families
on how to manage asthma care at home.
- 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
Whether your child is already in the hospital or on their way to us, our respiratory
therapists are part of the medical teams getting your child to where they need to
be. We are part of the:
- Neonatal and pediatric transport teams: Providing breathing support for ill or injured children in transit to CHOG.
- Pediatric Evaluation Team (PET): Helping to quickly evaluate the condition of an inpatient child.