Riverside Respiratory Therapist Jennifer Langellier goes through the basic steps she learned in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification course on a practice doll.

Respiratory Team Achieves Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:00 am

KANKAKEE, IL (March 12, 2013) – The birth of your baby should be one of the happiest moments of your life, but in the rare instance your newborn experiences difficulty breathing, happiness can turn to panic in an instant. In the event of an emergency, the staff at Riverside Medical Center has taken steps to ease your fears and keep the newest member of your family safe.

The entire respiratory staff has passed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. Now both the nursery and respiratory staff have successfully completed the written test and mock scenarios required for the certification. With every delivery these teams stand ready to perform resuscitation on a newborn experiencing respiratory distress.

“The staff was encouraged to achieve this certification because it makes them a better rounded therapist and feel more at ease if the occasion arose that they were needed for a baby in difficulty,” said Pam Lindemann, RRT, RCP, respiratory care manager at Riverside.

The certification helps enable the therapists in the prevention and management of mild to severe neonatal asphyxia.

“Riverside’s staff is fully prepared to care for a baby that may be premature or have a little difficulty transitioning into the world,” said Lindemann. “Parents can feel confident about delivering at Riverside.”

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