Respiratory Care: Why Children's?

  • We offer a wide variety of services utilizing experts in pediatric respiratory care. Areas of expertise include care of patients with neuromuscular diseases, cystic fibrosis, asthma management and chronic lung disease.
  • Our staff consists of Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), many of whom hold advanced specialty certifications such as Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS), Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C), Certified or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT, RPFT).
  • We provide American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR training for families with children who are at high risk of facing a life-threatening event.

Referral Directory

Physician Contacts:

Peter M. Luckett, M.D.

Key Contacts:

  • Sandra McDermott, MHA, RRT-NPS
  • Brandon Daigle MBA, RRT-NPS 
  • Jamie White, RRT-NPS   
  • Kristen Hood, RRT-NPS

Description of services:

Patient services are available to inpatients, day surgery and outpatients. Services are provided by the therapist upon order from the physician. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical gas therapy including nitric oxide, heliox and sub-ambient therapies
  • Aerosol drug administration
  • Bronchial hygiene procedures
  • Non-invasive oxygen and carbon dioxide monitoring
  • Conventional mechanical ventilator support and care
  • High-frequency oscillatory ventilation support and care

Special diagnostic services (bedsides PFT’s):

  • Pediatric bronchoscopy service support
  • Home care education and training including respiratory therapy, ventilator care, tracheostomy care, asthma management and CPR training
  • Participation in emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Training and education in respiratory care for respiratory therapists, physicians, nurses and student respiratory therapists
  • Integral part in the ongoing development of respiratory care programs through the El Centro, Midwestern State University and Collin County Community College Respiratory Care Program Advisory Boards
  • Provide consultative services for physicians by respiratory therapists
  • Support respiratory-related research activities
  • Participation in the VOSS (Ventilation-Oxygenation Support Systems) Forum
  • Pediatric asthma education and care coordination

Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:

Supportive care provided for inpatients with:

  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Upper airway obstruction
  • Foreign body aspiration
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Acute lung injury
  • ARDS
  • Pleural effusions and empyema
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Congenital abnormalities of the lungs, airways and chest wall

Information for referral sources:

Written physician orders are required.

Related Listings:

UT Southwestern Medical Center

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