The Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator team cares for babies and toddlers who need a tracheostomy, with or without a ventilator, to provide them the right amount of breathing support. This allows your family to safely care for your baby at home rather than prolonging their hospital stay.
All-around support from your tracheostomy team
Even before a tracheostomy (often called a trach) is placed, our team provides support to your family and your child’s inpatient team at the hospital. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable about your child’s routine and how to care for them at home before you go home from the hospital.
Our team is here to answer all your questions and address any needs that arise as you learn how to care for your baby’s trach. Along with extensive training and printed instruction guides, you can reach our team 24 hours a day for any questions or concerns you have after discharge.
One clinic, many services
The Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator Clinic functions as a medical home—a clinic where you can access care for most of your child’s medical needs in one place. We are able to provide routine well-child care, vaccinations, and health screenings in addition to tracheostomy- and ventilator-specific care. We help to coordinate the many subspecialties that your child may require, such as ENT, GI, and Pulmonology, to make it easier for your family.
If your family lives at a distance from Children’s Mercy, we recommend that you identify a local primary care provider to assist you with routine medical care closer to home. Our team is always available to provide consultative services for community providers who are caring for children with complex medical needs.
Meet the team
You can expect to meet the following care providers while your child is part of the Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator Program: