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  • News Release: 2/5/2024

    High-frequency jet ventilation breathes new life for infants in respiratory distress
    BRANDON, Fla.  (Jan. 29, 2024) – The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital has made a major step to the highest level of care for respiratory distress in preterm babies. The NICU now utilizes jet ventilation, which provides the most advanced and gentle care compared to a traditional ventilator, for the youngest patients in the Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Neonatologists say babies born between approximately 500-1250 grams (one to three pounds) with lung disease due to prematurity, respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) or a lung collapse benefit from jet ventilation.
    “The jet ventilator is different in the mechanics of how it works compared to the mechanical ventilator. It is able to provide gentle ventilation at a microscopic level, decreasing risks and allowing healing for babies with underdeveloped lungs at birth,” said Dr. Kelly Driver, NICU interim medical director at Brandon Hospital.
    Jet ventilators are more readily available in Level 4 NICU’s in the West Florida area. Brandon Hospital’s NICU patients now have access to this advanced care technology, which eliminates the need for the youngest patients to face the risks associated with a transfer to another facility.
    This gentle ventilation helps support the lungs of preterm babies so they can grow and develop in Brandon Hospital’s Level 3 NICU. The technological advancement also allows for the opportunity to provide a higher level of care to Hillsborough County residents, so they can be closer to home if their baby has an extended NICU hospitalization. Support of lung development and the family is essential to the overall growth of preterm babies, so they can ultimately “graduate from the NICU” and go home with their parents.
    About HCA Florida Brandon Hospital
    Accredited by The Joint Commission, HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is a 479-bed acute care facility that is nationally ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by  Fortune/PINC Al. The hospital offers a number of specialty services including a Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, Children’s Emergency Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Burn and Plastic Surgery Center, Weight Loss Surgery Center of Excellence, Comprehensive Stroke Center and The Women’s Center, which includes the baby suites and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Additional services include an orthopedic program, comprehensive hand program and lymphedema surgery. The hospital’s ER is one of the busiest in the state, with adult and children’s centers on its main campus and five additional emergency locations in Lakeland, New Tampa, Plant City, Riverview and Temple Terrace. The hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive in Brandon, FL. For more information, visit HCAFloridaBrandonHospital.com.
    About HCA Florida Healthcare
    HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 650 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices, freestanding emergency rooms and urgent care centers. United as a statewide network in 2022, HCA Florida Healthcare includes approximately 11,000 experienced doctors and more than 79,000 colleagues working together to deliver equitable, evidence-based collaborative care to more than 8.6 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provides more than $848.8 million in uncompensated care and contributes $2.1 million to community organizations across the state. In addition, HCA Florida Healthcare offers patients access to highly-trained specialists, including the state’s largest cardiovascular network. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For more information, please visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com.
    Laura D. Stauter
    Director, Communications and Community Engagement
    HCA Florida Brandon Hospital
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    Brandon, FL 33511
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