CHOC Children’s Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Function department provides care to a diverse range of pediatric patients with diseases and conditions impacting the well-being and function of the cardio-pulmonary system. These can include respiratory distress and/or apnea in premature infants, pneumonia, respiratory failure, cardio-pulmonary arrest and other conditions. Our team is responsible for the administration of medical gases, mechanical and physiological ventilatory support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, insertion and maintenance of artificial airways and more. Many of our staff members are also cross-trained to provide Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to neonatal and pediatric patients.
Our team serves both in- and outpatients and plays a vital role not only within the hospital setting but also as part of our Emergency Transport Team. All of our staff completes general and unit specific orientation and competencies in CHOC’s ICU’s, post-anesthesia recovery unit, ambulatory outpatient care, high-risk delivery (in collaboration with St. Joseph’s Hospital, adjacent to the CHOC campus), transport and medical/surgical care. We also provide continuing education opportunities as well as ongoing informal and annual formal training and education sessions.
We are proud to be an integral part of CHOC’s multidisciplinary care approach and seek to provide the highest quality care in the most effective and efficient manner to each of our patients. It is our goal to be the regional leader in the provision of pediatric respiratory care.