Delivers medication and humidity to the respiratory tract
A temporary stop in breathing.
The amounts of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and degree of acidity in the blood. A small amount of blood is taken from the heel with a needle (heel stick), an IV in the belly button, or from the artery near the wrist where the pulse is felt to test for these levels.
Carbon dioxide that needs to be removed from the body by the lungs, during breathing. CO2 is monitored by a blood test.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure– a treatment using a CPAP machine that helps keep the lungs open. CPAP does not breathe for a baby, but assists the baby's breathing by giving extra air around the nose and mouth. CPAP
Low blood oxygen level.
Endotracheal Tube (ET Tube)
A plastic tube which goes from a baby’s nose or mouth past the vocal cords and into the windpipe used to connect the baby to a breathing machine.
A compound found normally in healthy lungs that keeps the air sacs flexible and prevents the lungs from collapsing. Premature babies often do not make enough surfactant, which can cause respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). A type of surfactant can be given to babies through an endotracheal tube until they can produce enough on their own.