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Angie Poulsen
Coralville, Iowa

Leo was transferred to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital emergency room (ER) by ambulance from his primary care physician’s office due to respiratory failure and low oxygen saturation. When we arrived at the ER, Leo was evaluated by Christopher Buresh, MD, MPH, and given a nebulizer treatment to help him breathe. Dr. Buresh decided the best plan for him was to be admitted and give him air flow to help open his airway due to the bronchiolitis and asthma.
He was admitted to a UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital inpatient floor and we eventually moved to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) because Leo needed more airflow. Cody Tigges, DO, was his critical care physician while in the PICU and I cannot say enough great things about him and the PICU nurses, respiratory therapists, and residents. The team made sure that if we wanted to be included in the rounds that we joined the team. We learned a lot of information about Leo’s condition from joining in on the rounds and the care of his treatment. 
It was decided Leo will need to see a pediatric pulmonologist since his asthma is triggered by colds and respiratory infections. Scott Sheets, DO, joined our care team and gave us an action plan, so we can try and prevent a hospital stay the next time he gets a cold. 
If Leo has to return to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital due to his condition, I know he will be in good hands. The collaboration in care teams for his care plan and treatments were exceptional. I am so thankful to live near this outstanding hospital.

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