Oded Preis MD Neonatology DrMDK.com
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Host: Sometime we use a thing called CPAP, what is CPAP? Oded Preis: A CPAP is a modality of a respiratory support where we administer a pressure to the lungs of the infant, via a mechanical devices, either a CPAP machine or even via ventilator, and in a way we prevent the lungs from collapsing by a administering marginal pressure against the expiration of the air from the baby's lung. In a way we are mimicking what a baby does spontaneously when he is grunting, he is generating a low increased pressured inside the lungs and prevents him from collapsing. So we are continuously implying this kind of a pressure, similar to a continuous grunt and allowing the lungs and the what we call alveoli, the middle air sacules, through which the gas exchange occurs. We allow them to remain open, and enable the exchange of the oxygen between the lungs and the arteries.