Chronic Lung Disease of Infancy (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, BPD) Clinic


Memphis has one of the highest rates of prematurity in the nation and a significant number of infants with chronic lung disease are discharged from area nurseries. Many of these infants have significant oxygen requirements, and need careful follow-up as oxygen and chronic medications are weaned. The twice monthly CLD (B PD) Clinic provides a mechanism for the follow-up of premature infants with significant lung disease, apnea, or other complications during the crucial early months after nursery discharge. Infants are typically followed until weaned from oxygen. Improvement depends upon optimal growth and the role of the nutritionist in monitoring these infants is crucial. In addition the multidisciplinary clinic includes respiratory care and nursing.