Twin Sisters Growing Stronger and Healthier One Year after Chronic Lung Disease Diagnosis
The commitment is made by every doctor working in Cincinnati Children’s Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Center.
A unique cornerstone of patient care, it's been in place in the Cincinnati area for many years and, since the BDP team was formed in 2017, has helped save the lives of many sick babies, including twins Layla and Louise Lienhoop.
“It” is a system in which Cincinnati Children’s experts, including those from the BPD Center, provide neonatal care to all preterm infants born at local hospitals throughout the greater Cincinnati region.
This allows for early detection and treatment of babies that are diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung disease common among severely premature infants.
Once identified, babies are transported to Cincinnati Children’s Level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the advanced care they require.
According to neonatologist Shawn Ahlfeld, MD, clinical co-director of the BPD Center, a majority of their BPD patients are identified as Cincinnati Children's neonatologists provide neonatal care during these rotations.
“We’ve built collaborations with each hospital in town to staff their NICUs with our nurse practitioners and physicians," he said. "At an early age we present identified patients to our BPD team via virtual meetings to allow access to a host of medical providers as part of a BPD-focused multidisciplinary care team.”
Recognizing BPD Early, Creating Treatment Plans and Long-Term Goals
Layla and Louise were 5 weeks old and very sick when Dr. Ahlfeld first met them and their parents, Lynae and Cole, while he was performing rounds at St. Elizabeth Hospital in northern Kentucky.