RSVP Home Care provides Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Medical Equipment for your infant or child with CDH. Whether you’re bringing your infant home from the hospital for the first time or you’ve been providing care for your child for awhile, you can depend on our services to provide you with all the equipment you need and to help you take the best care of your child with CDH.
Children born with a diaphragmatic hernia have an abnormal opening in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle between the chest and abdomen that helps your child breathe. Often the opening allows part of the organs from the stomach to go up into the chest cavity. This can move the heart out of place and create problems with the development of the lungs. Many times this birth defect is noticed on a routine ultrasound. Most newborns with CDH receive corrective surgery in the hospital and have a lengthy hospital stay. In some cases this condition reoccurs.
Infants and children with CDH often have pulmonary hypertension because the blood vessels in the lungs are not formed properly at birth. This can result in the heart and lungs working harder than they should; inadequate blood flow and an inability to exchange gases in the lungs results. Besides underdeveloped lungs (hypoplastic lungs), 50% of infants with CDH also have other birth defects including anomalies of the central nervous system, cardiovascular, skeleton, gastrointestinal or genitourinary systems. Heart defects are common. Many children come home from the hospital with chronic lung disease and gastro esophageal reflux. This results in the need for Diaphragmatic Hernia medical equipment such as respiratory equipment, feeding tubes and supplies.
When your child needs the extra care of home health, you can trust our skilled respiratory therapists to help you with education and care of your infant. From our fist visit we will help you get your home ready for respiratory equipment and Diaphragmatic hernia medical equipment. We will help you feel comfortable with all the necessary equipment and make sure you understand the doctor’s orders and prescriptions. We supply: Apnea Monitors – apnea is an interruption in the babies breathing. A monitor will alert you when this happens. We can help you recognize when your child is having an episode that requires medical attention.
Feeding Tubes and Syringes – Many infants with CDH have trouble growing and getting enough nutrition the first few months. A feeding tube will be used to help make sure your infant is getting enough nutrition. We have gastrostomy supplies and everything you need for the type of g-tube you have. We work closely with your care team to make sure your child is receiving everything they need to thrive.
Oxygen – we have all the oxygen equipment you need and portable tanks for traveling. Your respiratory therapist will make sure you have everything you need and feel comfortable using it. This includes nasal cannula and other masks or tubing you may need.
Our respiratory therapists offer you and your family the support you need. They are experienced and skilled to provide excellent care and advice when it comes to helping you and your doctors provide care for your infant. RSVP serves families in Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati Ohio. We also provide on-call respiratory therapists 24 hours a day for questions and concerns you have. When you need the best in Diaphragmatic Hernia Medical Equipment and the support to use it, call RSVP Home Care.