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The Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator Program helps babies who need prolonged ventilator assistance to live at home while still receiving the respiratory support they need.

Children’s Mercy has one of the largest home ventilator programs in the country. Our team includes neonatologists, an otolaryngologist, registered nurse coordinators, social workers, and dietitians. Often, the neonatologist who cares for your baby in the hospital will oversee her ongoing care at home. We also coordinate with your child’s specialists on her comprehensive care plan.

The program is designed for babies who need ongoing respiratory support but are otherwise ready to be discharged from intensive care. We will provide you with extensive training and practice sessions with the equipment. A doctor is available by phone 24 hours a day for questions and support.