The Pediatric Respiratory Care Unit (PRCU) is a unit that is specifically designed to accommodate the special medical and psychosocial needs of children with chronic respiratory failure, many of whom require mechanical support and are technology dependent. These are children who usually have a longstanding disorder that interferes with normal breathing such as:
- Chronic Respiratory Failure
- Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
- Advanced Cystic Fibrosis
- Central Hypoventilation Syndromes
- Congenital Myopathies
- Primary Neuropathies
- Diaphragmatic Paralysis
The PRCU is a six-bed intermediate care unit that is staffed by a team that includes the pediatric respiratory physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists, a care coordinator, social worker, nutritionist and communication specialist.
The PRCU provides an environment in which the medical, nutritional and psychosocial needs of these children are met by applying a multidisciplinary team approach. This affords the opportunity, time and space for the families of these children to learn and become directly involved with the care of their technology dependent child. The goal is to discharge the child to home once medically ready, with the parents and family educated and competent in their child's care which often involves tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube care. The education is provided by the multidisciplinary team that works intensively with the family during their child's stay in the unit.
The PRCU is directed by Alia Bazzy-Asaad, MD.