The Tracheostomy Program has several nurses and respiratory therapists who work specifically with trach kids and their families as clinical coordinators.
Clinical coordinators will work as part of your child’s health care team to help support all your trach care needs. Your clinical coordinator will get to know your family well and be a valuable resource throughout your trach journey.
Clinical coordinators will help you with:
- Planning for all your home care needs
- Helping you establish at-home nursing care
- Accessing durable medical equipment (such as tracheostomy materials and related supplies)
- Learning about how to care for your child's trach before you are discharged from the hospital
- Scheduling your outpatient follow-up appointments and therapies
- Working with you and your insurance company to help you navigate that process
Clinical coordinators also lead educational classes for nurses and community providers on how to care for children with tracheostomies in schools, child care centers, and other community activities. They also train EMTs and other first responders on how to assist a child with a tracheostomy during an emergency.