Our services include unique therapies, some of which are offered nowhere else in the Northwest.
Complex neonatal surgery
Continuous renal (kidney) replacement therapy (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis)
Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is a 24-hour nonstop temporary dialysis therapy used to support patients with kidney failure (renal failure). CRRT works like the kidneys, and allows us to gently filter your child's blood. This gives your child's kidneys a chance to rest and get better. Read more about CRRT (PDF).
Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
ECMO is a heart-lung pump that provides life support when a child's heart or lungs are not working properly or need time to heal. With ECMO, blood is pumped out of the body, pushed through a machine to add oxygen, and then returned. Children's is the only hospital in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho that provides neonatal ECMO. While on ECMO, your baby will be sedated and closely monitored by a nurse and an ECMO specialist.
High-frequency ventilation High-frequency ventilation is a form of more gentle mechanical ventilation (breathing assistance) that sends small, rapid puffs of air into your child's lungs. It is used instead of conventional ventilation, which sometimes needs high pressure and thus may damage fragile newborn lungs.
Hypothermia (body cooling)
After birth, some babies show signs that they have had severe lack of oxygen for a period of time (asphyxia). If the baby is cooled to 33.5 degrees C (about 91 degrees F) for three days (“hypothermia”), the amount of brain injury may be reduced. This body-cooling process is called medically induced hypothermia. Children's can continuously record brain wave activity before and during this new form of treatment. The brain monitor provides real-time information about the infant's brain function. It continuously measures the brain's electrical activity, and helps identify seizure activity. A baby must be at least 36 weeks' gestation (no more than four weeks early) to qualify for this treatment.
Inhaled nitric oxide treatment (iNO)
Inhaled nitric oxide is used to treat respiratory failure and high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). Nitric oxide is given directly through a breathing tube into the windpipe. This helps the blood vessels in the lung open (dilate) so they can carry oxygenated blood into the body.
Neonatal Transport Team
Our team provides the expert, specialized care needed to safely transport critically ill infants by ground. When an air transport is needed, our neonatologists will partner with Airlift Northwest. During transport to Children's, a NICU nurse and a respiratory therapist work together to closely monitor your baby and provide treatment along the way. This team is in frequent contact with a neonatologist throughout the transport process to ensure the highest-quality patient care. The service is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We use ambulances, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft that are fully equipped with neonatal- and pediatric-sized medical equipment.