Respiratory therapy

We treat patients ranging from extremely premature infants to 18-year-olds. We offer surfactant therapy, cpap/bipap treatment, inhaled nitric oxide/heliox therapy, high-frequency jet and oscillatory ventilation, airway management, oxygen therapy and high-flow therapy.

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Our history

The Respiratory Therapy (RT) department at the MCH began offering services in the 1970s when the main focus was the delivery of oxygen cylinders for the administration of oxygen therapy. With advances in technology came sophisticated mechanical ventilators (machines that help patients breathe), which required new skills. Today, with state-of-the-art technology such as high-frequency ventilation and delivery of specialty gases like inhaled nitric oxide, our respiratory therapists must have specialized training and knowledge to safely administer these technologies to our neonatal and pediatric patients.

Our team

Our team includes 28 respiratory therapists (RTs) as well as an assistant chief RT and a technical coordinator. The RTs provide services 24/7 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Emergency, inpatient medical units and with external neonatal transport. There is an ultra-specialized team of RTs who have received extensive training in the management and transport of critically ill infants and premature infants, and an elite team of RTs who also are members of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) team.

It takes RTs up to two years to be proficient and acquire the skills needed to provide neonatal/pediatric respiratory care and almost three years to become a member of a neonatal transport team. Our team’s experience ranges from RTs who have just completed their studies to senior staff RTs with many years’ experience.

Our RTs are also members of the resuscitation and trauma teams at the MCH and have expertise in airway management including difficult airways and mechanical ventilation.

Department head: 

Pina Diana, Manager, Pediatric Respiratory and Anesthesia Service

Staff members

  • Johanne Boyer, RRT, Technical Coordinator 
  • Pina Diana, RRT, Mgr, Ped. Resp. & Anesth. Serv. 514-412-4422 
  • Marisa Leone, RRT, Assistant Chief Respiratory Therapist 

 

Where the care happens

We provide care in every area of the hospital, including the NICU, PICU, Emergency, and inpatient units. At the new MCH at the Glen, all rooms will be single-patient rooms which will allow us to provide care in an environment that better respects patient confidentiality and helps minimize infections.

Programs and services

Services include ventilator management, intubation and airway management (including difficult airways), care of patients with tracheostomies, non-invasive ventilation (bi-level positive airway pressure (bipap) and continuous positive airway pressure (cpap), advanced therapies such as high-frequency jet ventilation and administration of specialty gases like inhaled nitric oxide, phrenic nerve stimulation, overnight oximetry studies (measurement of oxygen saturation in the blood), asthma management and neonatal patient transport.

Conditions and treatments

We treat patients ranging from extremely premature infants to 18-year-olds. We offer surfactant therapy, cpap/bipap treatment, inhaled nitric oxide/heliox therapy, high-frequency jet and oscillatory ventilation, airway management, oxygen therapy and high-flow therapy.