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Critical Care

Apnea of Prematurity

Apnea is a term for the absence of breathing for more than 20 seconds. It can occur in full-term babies, but is more common in premature babies. The more premature the baby, the greater the chances that apnea will occur.

Neonatal ECMO

ECMO is a modified form of heart and lung bypass used on a temporary basis, and an alternative to conventional methods of life support. 

Hypothermia Whole Body Cooling

Children’s National Health System is the regional referral center for whole-body cooling (hypothermia) after newborns experience a hypoxic-ischemic injury.

Premature Infant

A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered premature, that is, born before complete maturity.

Sepsis or Septic Shock

Sepsis is a term for severe infection that is present in the blood and spreads throughout the body.