Hattie Larlham’s pediatric ventilator program offers ventilator-dependent children with complex respiratory needs the professional medical attention they require in a caring, family-friendly setting. The pediatric ventilator program’s goal is to prepare children with respiratory requirements to safely and successfully return home after lengthy and costly hospital stays.
The pediatric ventilator program is a cost-effective, quality care alternative to the hospital. Hattie Larlham's hospital-grade oxygen system guarantees a consistent oxygen supply for children with chronic respiratory needs. To qualify for the pediatric ventilator program, a patient must be:
Hattie Larlham’s respiratory therapists, nurses and medical staff monitor pediatric ventilator patients 24 hours a day. Pediatric ventilator program participants interact with Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities residents during their stay. Children can attend school and participate in therapeutic activities including Hattie’s Creative Arts and have monitored access to a sensory room, indoor swimming pool and outdoor playground. Pediatric ventilator patients receive speech therapy and physical therapy.
When a ventilator-dependent child is ready to return home, Hattie Larlham educates family members how to properly use the ventilator equipment and address the child's medical needs. Families also recieve information about community resources.