July 11th, 2013 | Caring for an infant is tedious work. As parents or caregivers, you work hard to keep your baby safe and healthy. But is danger always easy to detect? SIDS could be your infant’s silent killer. What is SIDS? SIDS stands for: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and is often referred to as, crib death. This… Continue Reading
As a leader in the advancement of pediatric research and education, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is integrating breakthrough discoveries with clinical expertise. We have a long history of experience in leading research projects for the National Institutes of Health, along with smaller clinical projects and basic research programs. Connections to these projects complement our clinical expertise and enhances the sophistication of our clinical services available to patients.
Our doctors and researchers have helped develop several lifesaving treatments for newborns. Riley at IU Health was the first hospital in Indiana to evaluate the use of surfactant therapy, which is now used routinely to treat breathing problems in premature babies. Our doctors also helped test and win federal approval for a technology called high frequency jet ventilation, which helps babies breathe without stressing the lungs.
We provide two types of high frequency ventilation, as well as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). ECMO functions as a heart and lung bypass machine for newborns, oxygenating the blood so the baby's heart and lungs can rest and heal.
Currently research is being conducted through the Riley at IU Health Perinatal Fetal Center on the best ways to treat pregnant women with drug therapy, including the appropriate dosages to treat symptoms while reducing side effects and risk to the fetus.
Research conducted at Riley at IU Health helps patients across the state. In addition to introducing new practices to our own patients, we also disseminate our findings to other NICUs capable of providing those services. A subgroup of Riley neonatologists makes up the clinical guidelines group, reviewing the most up-to-date literature on certain management topics in neonatology, documenting the evidence and making recommendations with a focus on improving care.