Chronic Lung Disease/
PHS Home Care for Patients With CLD/BPD
Pediatric home care is what we do. For more than two decades, PHS has provided compassionate, comprehensive, specialized, high quality in-home care to pediatric patients, no matter what their medical challenges.
A multidisciplinary PHS team collaborates to do everything possible to help our patients with CLD/BPD live life to the fullest – at home.
- PHS respiratory therapists, infusion nurses and home care nurses are trained in caring for pediatric patients with CLD/BPD.
- For ventilator-supported patients, PHS respiratory therapists conduct an initial home environmental assessment to determine if the child’s home is able to support the equipment needed.
- The STAR kit, an educational, safety tool developed by PHS, helps ensure a safe plan of care at home.
- PHS home care nurses provide scheduled visits or round-the-clock care.
- PHS employs registered dietitians who understand and adjust the caloric and dietary needs of this population. Premature infants can have trouble tolerating feedings orally and will sometimes need tube feedings or IV nutrition. Growth is very important for children with BPD as lung development continues into the early years of childhood. Infants with chronic diseases may use more calories in breathing and maintaining their temperature than healthy infants.
- PHS provides 24/7 on-call assistance to families receiving our service.
- PHS provides medical equipment and supplies needed by a patient with CLD/BPD.
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Chronic lung disease is a term used when an individual has long-term, respiratory problems that last three months or longer. BPD is a chronic lung condition that affects premature infants. At birth, a premature infant’s lungs are immature, tiny, and fragile. Oxygen or mechanical ventilation is often necessary for the premature infant’s survival when he or she is born too early and not able to breathe on his or her own. When a ventilator is medically necessary, pressures and oxygen used can cause lung damage and scarring of the tiny air sacs and tissue in the lungs; this damage is BPD.
Symptoms of BPD include coughing, wheezing, and increased work in breathing. Premature infants with a diagnosis of chronic lung disease may need to be hospitalized months beyond their due date. Infants with BPD may need oxygen and home monitoring equipment when they are ready to be discharged to home. Other infants may have a tracheostomy and require ventilator support at home.
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