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The Intermediate Care Program (ICP) at Boston Children’s Hospital is home to a large number of complex patients that require a high level of monitoring. We take the following steps to ensure optimal supervision takes place at all times:
ICP patients usually are admitted through the Emergency Room, however some are transferred from different Boston Children’s Hospital intensive care units as they continue to recover from illness, and some transfer from the floor as they may need more intensive care.
Many patients in the ICP have respiratory illness or chronic respiratory problems, and often they need additional respiratory supports. One means of supporting a patient’s breathing is through noninvasive ventilation (also called BiPAP or CPAP). If a patient needs noninvasive ventilation for a chronic condition, it is frequently started in the ICP so the family can receive teaching on equipment that they will then use at home.
What is noninvasive ventilation?
Noninvasive ventilation is a ventilator that gives pressure through a mask on a child’s face.
Common noninvasive ventilation techniques include:
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