How respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditionsHHow respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditionsHow respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditionsEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemHealth care professionals;Conditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2009-12-04T05:00:00ZJennifer Russell, MD, FRCPC12.000000000000040.0000000000000403.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-ZA respiratory therapist (RT) is a health professional specially trained to help patients with breathing disorders. An RT will help care for your child after heart surgery.<p>A respiratory therapist (RT) is a health professional specially trained to help patients with respiratory (breathing) disorders. Respiratory therapists provide breathing and oxygen support to patients who have trouble getting enough oxygen into their blood, either because of an existing heart condition that makes it difficult for the heart to pump efficiently or after surgery to treat a heart condition. </p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> If your child has just had heart surgery, they will see an RT immediately after the procedure to help them start breathing again.</li> <li> Mechanical ventilation, a machine that helps patients breathe after surgery, is the most commonly used treatment.</li> <li>To determine if a breathing treatment is helping your child, RT's continually evaluate cardiorespiratory function, listen to your child's chest, check vital signs, and watch for signs of improvement or decline. </li></ul>
Comment l’inhalothérapeute aide les enfants souffrant de cardiopathie congénitaleCComment l’inhalothérapeute aide les enfants souffrant de cardiopathie congénitaleHow respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditionsFrenchCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemHealth care professionalsAdult (19+)NA2009-12-04T05:00:00ZJennifer Russell, MD, FRCPCFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>L’inhalothérapeute est un professionnel de la santé formé spécialement pour aider les patients atteints de troubles respiratoires. Il va aider à prendre soin de votre enfant après une opération cardiaque.</p><p>L’inhalothérapeute accompagne les patients en matière de respiration et d’oxygène; ces patients ont du mal à recevoir suffisamment d’oxygène dans leur sang, soit en raison d’une maladie cardiaque qui complique le pompage efficace par le cœur, soit après une intervention chirurgicale destinée à traiter une maladie cardiaque. </p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>Si votre enfant vient tout juste de se faire opérer du cœur, il devra voir immédiatement un inhalothérapeute après la procédure afin que sa respiration puisse reprendre son cours.</li><li>Le recours au ventilateur, une machine qui aide les patients à respirer après l’opération, est le traitement le plus couramment utilisé.</li><li>Afin de déterminer si un traitement respiratoire est bénéfique pour votre enfant, l’inhalothérapeute évalue continuellement la fonction cardiorespiratoire, ausculte votre enfant, prend ses signes vitaux et surveille les signes d’amélioration ou de déclin. </li></ul>

 

 

How respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditions1599.00000000000How respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditionsHow respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditionsHEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemHealth care professionals;Conditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2009-12-04T05:00:00ZJennifer Russell, MD, FRCPC12.000000000000040.0000000000000403.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-ZA respiratory therapist (RT) is a health professional specially trained to help patients with breathing disorders. An RT will help care for your child after heart surgery.<p>A respiratory therapist (RT) is a health professional specially trained to help patients with respiratory (breathing) disorders. Respiratory therapists provide breathing and oxygen support to patients who have trouble getting enough oxygen into their blood, either because of an existing heart condition that makes it difficult for the heart to pump efficiently or after surgery to treat a heart condition. </p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> If your child has just had heart surgery, they will see an RT immediately after the procedure to help them start breathing again.</li> <li> Mechanical ventilation, a machine that helps patients breathe after surgery, is the most commonly used treatment.</li> <li>To determine if a breathing treatment is helping your child, RT's continually evaluate cardiorespiratory function, listen to your child's chest, check vital signs, and watch for signs of improvement or decline. </li></ul><p>If your child has just had heart surgery, they will see an RT immediately after the procedure for help resuming breathing. This is necessary because the sedation or anaesthesia temporarily suppresses the child's natural breathing ability. Your child might also see an RT if their breathing and oxygen intake needs support prior to surgery. This is more common in children awaiting heart transplants or those who have conditions like dilated cardiomyopathy. Sometimes children need respiratory support during surgery or cardiac catheterization. </p> <h2>How will the respiratory therapist help your child?</h2> <p>The respiratory therapist will carefully assess your child's needs and make use of the most appropriate breathing treatment in order to help them. The most commonly used treatment is mechanical ventilation, which is a machine that helps patients breathe after surgery. Another approach is extracorporeal life support (ECLS). This was formerly called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Some RTs have special training in ECLS. This machine is used in patients whose hearts need more aggressive support after being on cardiopulmonary bypass or in patients who need support prior to surgery. </p> <p>RTs also work with your child to find the best positioning in bed, in terms of comfort and ease of breathing. They also interpret chest X-rays and sometimes do electrocardiograms. In addition, RTs are involved in arranging for home oxygen if children need support at home, and in teaching parents how to give their children oxygen. </p> <h2>How does the RT monitor the impact of breathing treatments?</h2> <p>The RT will continually evaluate cardiorespiratory function, listen to your child's chest, check vital signs, and watch for improvement or deterioration. The RT does blood work to see how much oxygen and carbon dioxide there is in the blood — called dissolved oxygen and saturation — as well as pH levels, which indicates the acidity or alkalinity of the blood. The chemistry of the blood and the numbers of red and white blood cells are also monitored. This is achieved by drawing blood and having it analyzed. Based on the ongoing assessment, the respiratory therapist will adjust the ventilator settings as needed. </p>How respiratory therapists help children with congenital heart conditions

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