PHS Home Care for Patients With Congenital Heart Defects
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 a congenital heart defect live life to the fullest – at home.
- PHS infusion nurses and pharmacists currently care for children with CHD at home and have provided prescribed cardiac medications intravenously.
- PHS dietitians provide in-home follow up with development of a feeding plan. We can help if a child needs tube-feeding supplements in addition to feedings taken orally or with a feeding pump.
- Sometimes, an apnea monitor, oximeter or oxygen is ordered for the home. PHS can provide this equipment and other supplies. If equipment is ordered through our service by the primary physician, PHS respiratory therapists and clinicians train family caregivers on all the home equipment and are available 24/7 to respond to any troubleshooting questions.
- PHS provides 24/7 on-call assistance to families receiving our service.
- PHS home care nurses provide scheduled visits or round-the-clock care.
- A PHS clinical social worker is available to help the family deal with the many issues and concerns that arise with a CHD diagnosis and provide support in locating additional information, programs, services and community resources specific to a CHD
- The PHS medical director attends team care rounds and presents medical updates and new treatment modalities in caring for patients with a congenital heart defect.
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About Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that cause a change in the usual pattern of blood flow through the heart or heart vessels. There are many types of congenital heart defects. CHD is present at birth and may or may not be noticed at that time. In some cases, the exact cause of the defect is not known. Depending on the complexity of the defect, surgery may or may not be necessary. A pediatric cardiologist specializes in the care of children with heart conditions and should be consulted if a child is diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.
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