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Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Education Videos

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Our team of pediatric breathing experts work hard to help kids in our region breathe easier. But we also want kids across the country and beyond to feel the same relief. That is why we’re sharing pediatric pulmonary medicine education videos for providers far beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics.

In the following videos, our providers will discuss groundbreaking pulmonary research, diagnosis, treatment and more. We want to bring the expertise from our pediatric pulmonary experts to providers so they can improve care in their communities.

Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: respiratory complications and multidisciplinary care

Esophageal atresia, or EA, is a rare birth defect in which a baby’s esophagus is not fully formed and does not connect the mouth to the stomach. Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the trachea. A TEF often occurs in babies with EA so the condition is referred to as EA/TEF. EA/TEF is usually repaired shortly after birth, but even after surgery, the tissue of the trachea and esophagus are often not normal. This can cause long-term gastrointestinal, respiratory and feeding/swallowing problems.

In this video, Emily DeBoer, MD, reviews recommendations to guide management of the respiratory complications of EA/TEF. This includes tracheomalacia, the primary abnormality that predisposes children to respiratory complications. She also describes the multidisciplinary aerodigestive care provided by experts within the Aerodigestive Program.

Current cystic fibrosis research continues to improve survival rates

Cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment has evolved drastically in the past half-century. Children with CF frequently died before reaching 5-years-old in the 1940s and 1950s, and now they regularly live into adulthood. In the following video, Scott Sagel, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist and Director of the Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, discusses the major medical advancements that have led to this increased life expectancy. These advancements include diagnostic tests, treatments, a CF care center network and more. Dr. Sagel also discusses ongoing research that can help advance care even further.

Chronic ventilation in neonates

The approach to chronic ventilation in neonates is very different than the approach to acute ventilation in several important ways. Providers must address many aspects of care, beginning with identifying the need for chronic ventilation and ensuring that an infant meets the weight requirements for tracheostomy placement. Surgical recovery, reaching respiratory stability and transitioning to a home ventilator all pose unique challenges. Our Ventilator Care Program consists of a multidisciplinary care team that specializes in caring for neonates and providing the critical education and support parents need to care for their children at home.

In this video, Christopher Baker, MD, Medical Director of the Ventilator Care Program in our Breathing Institute, discusses our approach to placing neonates with chronic respiratory failure on chronic ventilation. 

Motivational interviewing for smoking cessation: an approach for pediatric providers

Changing behavior is hard. When it comes to unhealthy habits, it is even more difficult, even though there may be good reasons to change. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based intervention that addresses behavior change and the ambivalence and resistance that often occur when asked to change habits. 

Pediatricians and medical providers play a critical role in helping families to make choices that improve child health and wellbeing. We know that pediatric providers have very little time to attend extensive training on new techniques. So, our team of pediatric providers and psychologists created a brief video to support medical staff when working with parents and family members to reduce secondhand smoke exposure for children across Colorado.