New Jersey hospitals are turning to artificial respiration to help newborns who are at risk for respiratory failure or brain damage.
Newark Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, has begun using a device called a cardiac assist breathing device, or CAPTBA, to help babies with cerebral paresis and other respiratory issues.
The device, which can be strapped to the baby’s chest, provides oxygen to the lungs.
The baby can breathe on his own without assistance.
New Jersey has a state-wide program that provides supplemental oxygen to adults with a severe respiratory problem.CAPTBA devices have become popular in other states, but not in New Jersey.
The technology is also used in hospitals in Hawaii, Texas, and California.CAPTs were developed to help patients breathe on their own for several years in the U.S. before they can be administered by medical professionals, such as nurses.
But in New York, CAPTs have been used by hospitals since 2011.
New Jersey hospitals have been working with other hospitals around the country to make CAPTs available to patients, said Dr. Mary Lohman, the medical director of the Newark Medical Center.CAPTS are a safe, cost-effective and efficient way for babies to breathe on a ventilator.
CAPTs can help a baby breathe on its own and provide oxygen while it’s being transported, and it can be used to help people with severe respiratory problems, said Lohmann.
The new device is being tested at a medical center in Brooklyn and is expected to be fully operational by March.