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500+ Days in the NICU | Jack’s BPD Survival Story

500+ Days in the NICU | Jack’s BPD Survival Story


19 month old Jack Shields has never
known life outside of a hospital room but today his care team finally said
their bittersweet goodbye. After being born 14 weeks early Jack needed
ventilators to help him breathe. He declared himself a fighter very early on. But this
life-saving treatment also caused Jack to develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia or
BPD a dangerous lung condition that’s common among preterm babies. About 20% of
babies with severe BPD don’t survive but at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
experts are taking a new approach to treatment that has drastically improved
survival rates to 99 percent in their comprehensive center for BPD. We think of
our BPD unit not so much as a pulmonary unit but more as a neurodevelopmental
unit. Rather than sedating patients and keeping them on ventilators there is
more of a focus on comfort development and especially playing. You’re much more
likely to find the patient during the daytime hours on a mat on the floor
interacting with people then you are in the bed laying there getting ventilator
therapy. Doctors say their success also comes from a unique approach to
ventilator settings giving more oxygen with slower breaths. Even early on coming
here as they started to kind of adjust vent settings you can see then Jack
even kind of change with those vent settings just become more comfortable because he could breathe. For Joe Shields to achieve being able to be a part of his son’s
care has helped him as much as it’s helped Jack. The parents become an
integral part of the care team here and it’s made him better equipped to help
Jack continue to improve when he heads home for the first time. He has a life. He’s gonna have a great life. At
Nationwide Children’s Hospital this is Barb Consiglio reporting.

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