Infant Tracheostomy Care
The Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator Program is a full-service program that provides individualized care in the home
setting. Babies with chronic respiratory failure who need prolonged
ventilator assistance have the opportunity to live at home rather
than in an intensive care hospital environment.
Tracheostomy Care at Home
Our team includes neonatologists, otolaryngolgist, registered nurse coordinators, social workers, and dietitians. The team works closely with other pediatric subspecialists, including cardiologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, developmental pediatricians and speech, occupational and physical therapists.
The majority of our patients have what is considered to be a reversible disease. Once an infant is accepted into the program, infants are discharged to home from either the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or the Pediatric Intensive Care Nursery. Family preparation includes extensive training practice sessions with the equipment.
- Our program is one of the largest in the U.S., with more than 25 new patients treated each year.
- The program enables the child
and family to have as much normalcy as possible while still
receiving complex medical care.
- Neonatal physicians oversee the home ventilator clinic, providing care while patients are in the hospital and after they transition to home.
- A physician member of the team is available to families by phone 24 hours a day for questions or problems.
- Our team provides guidance and treatment options for patients who may need long-term ventilator support.