Respiratory Care Services Contact number | 202-476-5105

A dedicated team of nearly 100 professionals provides respiratory care services around the clock foroutpatients and inpatients at Children's National Health System.

Our therapists excel in the field for their technical knowledge as well as their expertise inworking with kids. You can be assured that the division has the nation's highest qualityproviders in the profession.

Children's Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) are licensed graduates from American Medical Association-approvedprofessional colleges. And because we want our RCPs to have the highest level of professionaltraining possible, we require them to progress through Children's own four stage in-housetraining.

State-of-the-Art Services

Services performed by Children's Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) include:
  • Managing life support for mechanically ventilated children
  • Performing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures for children with heart and lungdiseases
  • Participating in ground and flight transport for the most critical children
  • Administering specialty gases
  • Providing extracorporeal life support for children of all ages with life-threateningconditions

We aim to provide world-class respiratory care in the safest possible environment. The Division ofRespiratory Care Services meets and exceeds National Patient SafetyGoals recommended by The JointCommission, which accredits and certifies healthcare providers and programs in the UnitedStates.

The division also participates in nationwide educational, benchmarking, and data-sharingprofessional events, to share best practices and continually improve the care provided to ourpatients.

Katherine's Story

"I knew we were in good hands when we were referred to Children's National, and you will be too."

Katherine's Story

The Respiratory Care Services Team

  • Venkat Shankar, MD

    Venkat Shankar
    Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine; Respiratory Care Services

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