This week Cheeky Chums blog shall be focusing on the neonatal intensive care unit. Each day we shall feature one specialist treatment that a nicu provides in the care of a premature tiny or poorly newborn baby. We shall focus on procedures or equipment used to help vunerable babies in the NICU. It will be a valuable resource page to gain a new insight in hospital practices in the special care unit, plus learn what a valuable part the nicu staff plays in the care of your baby.
CPAP use in the nicu CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure.” CPAP is a treatment that delivers slightly pressurized air during the breathing cycle. This keeps the windpipe open during sleep and prevents the episodes of blocked breathing in persons with obstructive sleep apnea and other respiratory problems.
(also used for adults with breathing problems too)
CPAP works in the following way:
The device itself is a machine weighing about 5 pounds that fits on a bedside table.
A mask fits over the nose. A tube connects the mask to the CPAP device.
The machine delivers a steady stream of air under slight pressure through this tube into the mask. Often used when your baby does not need the breathing to be fully controlled using a ventilator instead.
See this short video for an indepth look at cpap in use in the nicu.
Tomorrow we look at the ventilator use in the nicu.
For baby clothes for nicu use see Nanny Nicu range at Cheeky Chums available in the tinest of premature baby sizes.at http://cheekychumsonline.co.uk the direct link page is here