The Arkansas Children’s Home Ventilator Program provides specialized care to children on any time of ventilator support, as well as children dependent on other respiratory technology, to enhance their quality of life through caregiver education, research and patient/family advocacy.


Meet the Team

Our care team manages the care of children who need various types of respiratory support at home such as ventilators, bi-level, CPAP, airway clearance devices and/or have a tracheostomy. The team includes:

  • Physicians – Pulmonology, Neonatology, Critical Care and Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Nurses – pulmonary specialty nurses & advanced practice nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians
  • Discharge planners
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Psychologists
  • Palliative Care team
  • Other therapists (Physical, Speech, and Occupational)

Note: We also work with durable medical equipment (DME) providers. 

Possible Conditions

Children in the program require respiratory support at home to maintain stability and have diagnoses such as:

  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disorders: Muscular dystrophy, Spinal muscular atrophy, Diaphragmatic weakness or paralysis
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis)
  • Interstitial lung disease

Your Visit

A primary pulmonologist is assigned to each patient along with a team of knowledgeable and skilled professionals. The team will assist you and your primary care physician in obtaining medically necessary services and coordinating with other specialists.  Respiratory technology-dependent patients typically have Pulmonary Clinic visits every 3-4 months.  Telemedicine visits are available when appropriate.   Patients and families can reach the team via telephone or Epic MyChart during office hours and after hours via Pulmonary on-call when necessary.  Palliative Care is part of our team to support any child with a life-threatening or life-limiting diagnosis.


Clinical-translational research is a priority of the program. Our clinicians collaborate in local and multi-center studies to examine the disease mechanisms that result in chronic respiratory failure and identify novel therapies.   In addition, the program prioritizes quality improvement initiatives to ensure that the highest standard of care is available for our patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The first visit may be longer than follow-up appointments.
  • X-rays, pulmonary function, lab work or other testing may be done.
  • You may see several different specialists in addition to the doctor such as the nurse, respiratory therapist, dietitian or social worker.
  • Appointments every 3-6 months depending on your condition.
  • Appointments may last at least two hours.
  • We help coordinate appointments for patients to see Pulmonary, ENT and other specialists on the same day when possible.
  • During clinic visits multiple aspects of care are addressed including:
    • How well the ventilator is supporting your child’s breathing, and if adjustments are needed
    • How well your child is breathing on their own and whether they are ready to reduce ventilator support
    • Resolve respiratory equipment issues
    • Discuss any unexpected safety events at home related to the tracheostomy or respiratory equipment
    • Review your child’s growth and nutrition
    • Encourage eating and speaking, if your child is able
    • Assist with in-home nursing support, if necessary
    • Help navigate school and community systems if issues arise
  • A ventilator is a machine that helps with breathing.
  • A ventilator might be used only at night or up to 24 hours a day depending on the condition.
  • Airway clearance therapy is the use of devices or techniques to help loosen and remove mucus from the lungs.
  • Your doctor will discuss with you if any of these devices are needed.
  • To provide emotional support
  • To assist with problem-solving with financial and transportation obstacles
  • To provide information about community resources and mental health needs
  • To coordinate services with community agencies
  • To address psychosocial issues and mediate family situations and conflicting dynamics that promote patient safety

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Contact Us

To make an appointment or to get more information on how to support respiratory technology-dependent children, contact the Pulmonary Office.

General Information: 501-364-1100
Appointments: 501-364-4000

Pulmonary Medicine Division
1 Children’s Way
Slot 512-17
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-364-1006
Fax: 501-364-3930