Big Ideas Theater | Practical Bedside Management of Neonates on Non-Invasive Ventilation

 Published: July 29, 2020

By: Addie Schiefer


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In this episode of Big Ideas Theater, Kimberly S. Firestone, MSc, RRT, joins the stage. Firestone works at Akron Children’s Hospital and discusses the increasing importance of non-invasive ventilation when it comes to the handling of a premature infant. She goes on to discuss the history of non-invasive ventilation in neonatal care and how it is making a comeback.

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Firestone explains how good bedside management could not exist without the role of the respiratory therapist in neonatal care. When working with the neonatal population it is imperative to have an intuition in caring for these infants, due to their inability to communicate. She continues to discuss the teamwork aspect of her neonatal group. Each morning her team makes respiratory rounds in the NICU to discuss each infant and their specific needs.

Big Ideas Theater 2019 was filmed at the AARC Congress 2019 in New Orleans, LA. Congress speakers and lecturers shared their expertise and insights during these brief interviews.

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Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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