Tracheostomy - home ventilator clinic volume
Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.
What this means - Advances in medical care allow children with complex breathing problems to be cared for at home. A core team of physicians and health professionals lead the largest Tracheostomy/Home Ventilator program in Wisconsin. A clinic is held twice per month and on average doctors see 35 new patients and 130 follow-up patients a year.
About the data - These data reflect the number of patient visits in our billing system under each clinic category from 2009-2012.
Related dimensions of care:
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was ranked #8 in the nation by Parents magazine in its 2013 Best Children's Hospitals survey. Our Pulmonary Clinic and Sleep Center was also named among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospital report.
- Patients receive care from a dedicated team from the time of the tracheostomy surgery through long-term follow-up, including seeing their pediatric pulmonary physicians and pediatric otolaryngologist during the clinic visit.
- Each child is assigned an advanced practice nurse or nurse clinician who provides care coordination and case management services for the child and family.
- Families and caregivers participate in a comprehensive inpatient education program to prepare them to care for their child with a tracheostomy/home ventilator. The teaching materials are available in both English and Spanish.
- The care team is involved in outcomes research to improve the quality of care that the children receive. This includes evidence-based practice research on tracheal stoma care.
- Home care nurses receive ventilator training through "Care of the Child on a Ventilator," the certification course required by the State of Wisconsin for independent nurse providers. This course is taught by the advanced practice nurse and tracheostomy/home ventilator respiratory care practitioner.
- We have established relationships with school nurses and education specialists to facilitate the transition to school for children with tracheostomies/home ventilators.