Best Children's Hospitals: Respiratory Conditions

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Seattle Children's Hospital for Respiratory Conditions

Seattle Children's Hospital nurse Kelly Worrell demonstrating asthma test for a patient. Credit: Seattle Children's Hospital

When your child is ill, only the best care is good enough. So we're highlighting the hospitals that are leading the way in research, innovation, treatment and, most importantly, patient care. This is the fifth in the series on best children's hospitals in the United States.

Colds and flu are the most common respiratory issues in children, but more serious conditions such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary complications of premature birth, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and lung diseases can require intensive and ongoing care and hospitalization.

Breathing problems can be some of the most common and serious reasons for hospitalization. Luckily, many of the nations' top hospitals specialize in respiratory care.
Here are several of the leading children's respiratory hospitals in the country:

Children's Hospital Denver, Denver, Colo.
Children's Hospital Denver has distinguished itself as a leader in pediatric respiratory care. Ranked No. 5 in pediatric respiratory care by U.S. News, and affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Children's offers a dedicated inpatient 10,000-square-foot pulmonary floor that supports increased patient volume and clinical program growth. The 9th floor unit was designed to care for children who have chronic pulmonary conditions, cystic fibrosis and a wide range of conditions that require the pulmonary team's expertise. The hospital was voted the "2009 Family Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic" in a survey by Colorado Parent magazine.
St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Ranked by U.S. News as the No. 8 best respiratory hospital for children, St. Louis is a pioneer in infant lung care, and boasts the largest pediatric lung transplant program in the world, having performed more than 330 lung and heart-lung transplants since 1990. The hospital operates the largest cystic fibrosis center in Missouri and in the Midwest, operating in conjunction with Washington University's Cystic Fibrosis Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, with one major goal: to cure cystic fibrosis. St. Louis Children's is also a national leader in treating childhood asthma, with a pulmonary function laboratory to evaluate lung functioning. And educating parents and caregivers about home care and progress monitoring is a primary concern for the allergy and pulmonary medicine staff. The hospital was also named among the five best children's hospitals in the 2009 Parents/NACHRI survey.

Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
The hospital is a dedicated respiratory children's hospital and has one simple purpose: "helping children breathe." Ranked No. 9 in respiratory disorders by U.S. News,
Seattle's respiratory therapy team is on the cutting edge of international efforts to fight infectious diseases in children's hospitals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in this country nearly 250 people die due to infectious diseases they acquired while in a hospital. In an effort to help prevent the spread of infection, Seattle Children's has had consistent improvement in hand hygiene compliance rates, with rates of 90 percent today, up 20 percent from 2004. The hospital serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, and as the primary pediatric teaching site for the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.