Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Tampa General is one of just eight hospitals in Florida that provides extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a life-saving treatment for newborns with severe breathing difficulties. Similar to a heart-lung bypass machine, ECMO allows an infant’s lungs to rest and heal while the machine exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide in the infant’s blood.
Our neonatal transport team travels aboard TGH’s medical helicopters* or via ambulance to provide care during transport. This team includes a registered nurse and a respiratory therapist, specially trained to stabilize and transfer sick newborns to Tampa General from other hospitals in the region.
Neonatal Neuro-protection Program
The Neonatal Neuro-protection Program provides therapeutic hypothermia treatment to term or near-term infants with neonatal encephalopathy.
The Neonatal Neuro-protection Program is a multidisciplinary service composed of a skilled neonatal transport team, medical specialists in neonatology and neurology, specially trained nurses, and respiratory therapists.
The keys to effective therapeutic hypothermia are the early assessment and recognition of appropriate patients and the rapid implementation of hypothermia. All infants eligible should receive this treatment within six hours of birth.
Multi-center clinical trials have shown that early initiation of moderate hypothermia results in a decreased incidence of death and severe neuro-developmental disability in neonates with moderate to severe encephalopathy. International studies have shown improvements in neurologic outcomes in neonates treated with hypothermia. No studies have shown an increase in adverse outcomes.
NICU Follow-Up Program
USF Health and Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center developed a joint Neonatal Follow-Up Program that:
- Helps keep babies healthy.
- Watches babies develop and grow.
- Provides specialty and well-child care in one practice.
- Works closely to include caregivers as partners in care.
- Has bilingual physicians and nurses
- Has a dedicated nurse to help with appointment scheduling and planning for care.
- Works with baby’s family and medical team to meet the baby’s needs.
For more information about the program, click here to download a brochure.*Air transport services provided by Metro Aviation, Inc.