Technology Dependency

During treatment, many of our patients require life-sustaining technology, such as ventilators and IV feeding lines. As their condition improves, often they become ready to leave the ICU but can’t be immediately discharged home.

Why Children Transfer to La Rabida

  • A child’s condition may not be sufficiently stable for him or her to be weaned off the equipment before discharge. 
  • A child with a tracheostomy may be awaiting a home-care waiver or may have continuing medical management needs when transitioning to home or a long-term placement. 
  • Caregivers of children with total parenteral nutrition (TPN) needs or long-term IV antibiotics need special training to be able to take care of their child at home. 
  • Arrangements may need to be made to create a safe transition home or an appropriate home setting.
     

La Rabida is an expert in providing comprehensive inpatient services that help children return home to their family and community as soon as their treatment will allow. We specialize in transitioning children from an intensive care setting to home or to a long-term care facility; applying for home-care waivers; training the family to care for the young patient at home; and complicated social situations.

A Multidisciplinary Team
Patients receive care in a setting staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • A pediatric pulmonologist
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurse clinicians and nurse specialists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Infant development specialist
  • Social worker
  • Nutritionist 
  • Case manager

This team develops an individualized treatment program for each patient.

Contact us
For more information about these services or to make a referral, call the Admissions Coordinator at 773.753.8629.