Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
At HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, we offer a Pediatric Pulmonary care for children who are chronically ill, physically fragile or traumatically injured. The program provides care for children who need short-term tracheotomy/ventilator assistance and to those with long-term tracheotomy/ventilator dependencies who will return home.
We treat infants and children who have sustained a neurological injury or who have immature lungs that have resulted in breathing difficulties, including:
- Birth defects/genetic disorders
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Brain injury
- Brain stem stroke
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Spinal cord injury
- Sleep disorders
- Ventilator management
- Family education and training
Fill out our contact form for more information or call 281 293-7774.
Our Approach to Treatment
Our program monitors all of our patients on a 24-hour basis. Patients are placed on a portable ventilator and may receive therapies in one of our facility's living or therapy areas. As children improve, they may receive Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP®) or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) as other forms of ventilation.
Our experienced staff helps teach the family about their child's condition and how to manage symptoms at home. In addition to learning medical and therapeutic care, they can participate in patient care conferences with other members of the treatment team. Additionally, we offer parents resources to cope with stress and other difficulties during their child's treatment.
To help children get the most out of their treatment, we provide assistive devices and environmental control units (ECUs), which enable the child to independently turn on and off the lights, television, radio, etc., without the use of their hands. In addition to assistive devices, we offer the following specialized services:
- Care coordination/case management
- Child Life specialists
- Medical management (pediatric pulmonologists)
- Nursing care
- Nutrition services
- Occupational therapy
- On-site education
- Physical therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Social Work/psychosocial needs
- Speech-language pathology
Our admissions team at HealthBridge Children’s Hospital works closely with referring hospitals to ensure that the admission process is efficient. Nurse liaisons and admission coordinators assist in our referral and admission process. To refer a patient to HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, physicians and families may call our Admissions Department at (713) 351-6623.