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. The total number of ventilator-dependent infants and children cared for at home has grown to more than 250 patients. Over 70 active patients remain ventilator-dependent, living in Kansas City and surrounding communities both in Missouri and Kansas.
Our team includes neonatologists, advanced nurse practitioners, a care coordinator, nutritionist, and social worker. On-site multispecialty support is provided by dedicated otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, and gastroenterologists. Often, the neonatologist who cares for your baby in the hospital will oversee their ongoing care at home. We also coordinate with your child’s specialists on their 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.