Procedures & Tests - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

(This procedure/test may also be known as: CPAP)

When infants are disconnected from a mechanical ventilator, they often require a form of assisted breathing called nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A CPAP device consists of a large tube with tiny prongs that fit into the baby's nose, which is hooked to a machine that provides oxygenated air into the air passages and lungs. The pressure from the CPAP machine helps keep a preemie's lungs open so he can breathe. However, the machine does not provide breaths for the baby, so the baby breathes on her own.

Related Conditions

Related Conditions
Here are some of the conditions related to this procedure/test. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Apnea of Prematurity.

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