Home Ventilator Program: Treating Infants and Children in the Comfort of Home
January 7, 2016•12 min
Children’s Mercy Kansas City’s Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator Program provides infants and children who require long-term ventilation, individualized care in the home setting. Children’s Mercy’s program is one of the largest in the U.S., with more than 25 new patients treated each year. While at home, patients and their families are given the opportunity to have a sense of normalcy and thrive in an environment outside the hospital critical care units while still receiving complex medical care with access to on-call physician 24/7 and multidisciplinary care team and the support of local private duty nurse in the home. The program has seen excellent results both in survival rate and short-term neurodevelopmental outcome since its creation in 2005. Most infants are successfully weaned off the ventilator by the time they are 2 ½ to 3 years of age and the tracheostomy tube removed after several months.Winstin Manimtim, MD is here to discuss Children’s Mercy Kansas City’s Infant Tracheostomy and Home Ventilator Program.