Imagine a life of complete isolation, simply because your medical disease requires constant, 24/7 treatment. For anyone, this can be a difficult adjustment, but for children, this realization can be life altering and intimidating. The compassionate staff of RSVP Home Care & Respiratory Specialists understand this demand and work around the clock to ensure proper care for their patients, especially children. From educating their patients and their families about specific conditions, to providing the proper equipment, relying on RSVP Home Care for your medical needs can alleviate the stress of securing adequate home health care in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area for children in need.
For many children, the idea of growing up with respiratory issues can already be a hard reality to face, especially when they require 24/7 attention. When it comes to certain diseases, such as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, or CCHS, the nerve that automatically causes children to breathe doesn’t function, which results in constant ventilation needs. In order to achieve this in the past, large and heavy ventilators (often times 20 pounds or heavier) are required 24/7 to provide the child with enough oxygen. These machines and medical demands usually keep patients isolated inside for treatment, but with the use of phrenic nerve stimulators, those in need of continuous respiratory aid can experience the freedom of mobility. What is also referred to as a “pacer”, phrenic nerve stimulators are electrodes attached to the phrenic nerve to stimulate breathing as if it were natural. They must be surgically implanted, which typically takes about 2 hours, and allows the patient to recover in usually less than a week. The pacer may be used after the area surrounding it is healed, which can take up to 6 weeks after surgery, and can be activated by an external transmitter. For children, this may seem difficult to grasp, but the considerate staff at RSVP Home Care offer nurses and specialists to educate children and their families about phrenic nerve stimulators, the procedure, and the aftercare requirements. As always, patients or their parents should consult their doctor for any medical issues or questions regarding their disease and stimulator and follow the medical advice given by their physician.
Considering the phrenic nerve stimulator is smaller than traditional ventilators, children are now more than ever experiencing the freedom to enjoy their lives without the constraints of an immobile device. Even if your child doesn’t require 24/7 ventilation, but perhaps only at night, the phrenic nerve stimulator is still a perfect option. The pacer allows children to conceal the device and the transmitter easily under clothing considering its small size. It allows for up to 16 hours per day of treatment giving children the ability to fit in with their peers without the worry of standing out due to their disease. Knowing your child is experiencing the comfort of stabilized health while enjoying the benefits of a mobile device to enhance their quality of life is a possibility with the phrenic nerve stimulator.
RSVP Home Care provides a full range of medical equipment. Patients receive home visits and inspections by licensed respiratory therapists, equipment set up for safety, and monthly supply services to your home. They also offer educational information for families and patients struggling with respiratory diseases and a thorough follow-up after the patient is released. With on-call therapists for equipment issues servicing the tri-state area (Indian, Kentucky, and Ohio), trust the professional staff of RSVP Home Care Respiratory Specialists to serve your loved one for all their medical needs.