Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with BPD (CRIB) Program

US News - Stanford Children's HealthAt Stanford Children’s Health, we bring experts in cardiology, pulmonology and neonatology together to provide the best possible treatments for lung and heart diseases associated with prematurity.

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also known as neonatal chronic lung disease, can develop in premature babies who need a machine to help them breathe. BPD and prematurity can also lead to pulmonary hypertension (PH). Babies with PH have high blood pressure in the lungs, which causes the heart to work harder. Early identification and treatment of heart problems in infants with BPD is essential.

For patients who both have BPD and are at risk for or have been diagnosed with PH, we have developed the multidisciplinary Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with BPD (CRIB) Program. This multidisciplinary team works to provide consistent care for patients with BPD and PH or congenital heart disease in and outside the hospital.

In addition to experts in cardiology, neonatology and pulmonology, the CRIB team also includes respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, social workers and care coordinators who make the treatment journey easier. Patients will move seamlessly from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or other local NICUs to our outpatient CRIB clinic as they grow.

Our physicians and researchers at the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease and the Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology are studying BPD and PH in the hope of finding better treatments. We are members of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network, an international pediatric PH organization, and participate in federally funded research.