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What is high frequency oscillatory ventilation?

Children who develop the most severe forms of acute respiratory failure often require invasive mechanical ventilation and care in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).  When conventional ventilation methods are failing, the PICU specialists often require the use of a more advanced mode of ventilation, high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV). Used for neonatal, pediatric, and adult forms of respiratory failure, HFOV differs from conventional mechanical ventilation by maintaining open lung volume through a constant airway pressure to achieve effective oxygenation, while oscillation removes carbon dioxide.

Our approach

The team at Cohen Children’s Medical Center consists of pediatric intensivists, respiratory therapists, and pediatric critical care nurses that are all highly experienced and skilled at providing this unique form of ventilatory support to the most critically ill children. Our PICU receives many children from across the region requiring this level of support.

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