Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children’s recognizes that their work is far too important for them not to be the very best at it. And they’re nationally recognized for doing so.

For the fifth straight year, Nationwide Children's has been ranked in the U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” They were the first freestanding pediatric hospital in Ohio to achieve magnet status, designating them as a hospital that provides world-class patient care and innovation in nursing practice. The Research Institute is ranked in the top 10 for National Institutes of Health funding among free-standing children's hospitals.

To ensure they keep with their mission, they are setting a path for their future. Nationwide Children's has partnered with the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine to train the next generation of pediatricians, pediatric specialists and scientists.

Seeing nearly 1 million patients annually, they are one of the country’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks. Their 7,500 hospital staff and 1,000 medical staff have been providing the best possible care since 1892.

Nationwide Children's multidisciplinary team incorporates the use of the Passy Muir® Valve to improve developmental outcomes for patients of all ages. The Passy Muir Valve is used in the neonatal intensive care unit, rehabilitation unit and all of their acute care floors. Patients can also be evaluated for the use of the Passy Muir Valve as an outpatient through the Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic or Airway Clinic.

Meet the Team

Success Stories

Meet Grady, a 16 month old who was born premature with Grade III and IV intraventricular hemorrhages and a severe case of BPD. He had been hospitalized and ventilator dependent since birth in a hospital in another state, but his parents transferred him to Nationwide Hospital because of its exceptional developmental program and BPD ventilator weaning program.

Grady’s mom was unable to hear Grady vocalize and cry until he was 13 months old,when the valve was placed shortly after his admission to Nationwide. She stated, “It has been a blessing to me to hear him speak. Sometimes I can hear him all the way from the nurse’s station!”

Dr. Shepherd summarized the team’s sentiments about their Passy Muir® Valve protocol, “We’re believers! We’ve quickly learned that you cannot neglect language development while trying to rescue them from lung disease. You have to proceed with teaching them language and how to talk even when they are on significant ventilator support.”

Click here to read more about Nationwide Children's hospital and Grady in Fall 2011 edition of Talk Muir, the Passy Muir Newsletter.

Policy and Procedures

Click here to download Nationwide Children's "Passy Muir Valve Readiness Assessment and Use"

Publications and Presentations

Use of the Passy Muir Valve in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit published in Neonatal Intensive Care Vol. 24 No. 7, November-December 2011

Nationwide Children’s Hospital- Advancing Developmental Outcomes in the NICU published in Talk Muir, Fall 2011

Passy Muir® Valve use in the NICU, presented at American Speech/Language Hearing Association National Conference, November 2011 (poster presentation)

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