In addition to location-specific services, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota offers system-wide:
- Home care, hospice, and related services
- Special diagnostics services and apnea programs
- Float team nursing opportunities
Children’s Home Care and Hospice
Children’s home care program provides family-oriented pediatric care that enables children to be treated in the comfort and convenience of their homes. The home care program:
- Provides both short-term and highly specialized, long-term care for children who are medically fragile and technologically dependent
- Has access to all of Children’s support services
- Facilitates pharmacy needs — with pharmacists who work closely with the family and nurses to assure safe and effective medication delivery
Intermittent home care nursing visits
RNs with specialized pediatric and community health nursing expertise:
- Perform comprehensive skilled nursing assessments of the child’s physical condition, family’s psychosocial functioning and environmental risk factors
- Develop and coordinate a home care plan with the family and healthcare team
- Provide skilled nursing care treatments and procedures such as lab work, infusion therapy, transfusions, catheterizations, respiratory treatments, pulse oximetry and blood glucose monitoring
- Provide patient/family education around disease process, nutrition, medication, pain and symptom management, health promotion, safety issues and discharge planning
With our hospice program, the child and family are part of a full multi-disciplinary team that also includes physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, child life specialists and volunteers specially trained to provide pediatric hospice services. Find out more about our hospice care program.
Pediatric nursing infusion services
Oure nursing infusion services help patients and their families with antibiotics, pain management, blood products, diabetic management, hydration, parenteral and enteral nutrition, and chemotherapy.
Home care pharmacy services pharmacists who work closely with the family and nurses to assure safe and effective medication delivery. Medications include home infusion medications and supplies for pain management, hydration, parenteral and enteral nutrition, chemotherapy, and antibiotic therapy.
Children’s Home Care and Hospice provides on-call services 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. After office hours, please call 952-992-5700 to reach the on-call nurse or pharmacist.
Our home care and hospice program has the following accreditations:
- Medicare-Medicaid Certification
- “The Joint Commission” (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
- MN Class D Hospice License
- MN Class A Professional Home Health Agency License
Children’s Special Diagnostics and Apnea Programs
Children’s offers specialty services for children with health concerns from apnea to difficult-to-diagnose conditions.
Special Diagnostic Center
Children’s Special Diagnostic Center offers a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to diagnosis and development of treatment plans for children who have complex and difficult-to-diagnose conditions. The center provides comprehensive diagnostic services in one convenient, cost-effective location for a number of specialties including behavioral pediatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, nutrition/gastroenterology and pediatric urology.
Pulmonary Diagnostics and Apnea Program
The Pulmonary Diagnostics and apnea program provides diagnostic services to inpatients and outpatients requiring ventilatory control diagnostic testing, infant car seat evaluations and pulmonary function diagnostic testing. The program serves preterm infants through young adults in collaboration with the Asthma Clinic, Cystic Fibrosis Program and area schools. Diagnostic services are provided by cardiopulmonary technologists (respiratory therapists with additional training and experience).
The Apnea Program, located within Pulmonary Diagnostics, is for infants that require home apnea monitoring. Staffed by RNs, the program provides evaluation, comprehensive education to care givers, and outpatient clinical management for infants. Infant and child CPR training is provided to families of inpatients as ordered.
Infant Apnea/Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program
Newly expanded and located at Children’s – St. Paul in the Ritchie Medical Plaza, The Sleep Center is dedicated to the diagnosis, testing and clinical interventions for sleep disorders in infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The center includes a sleep clinic which provides outpatient clinical evaluation and a six-bed sleep lab that conducts closely monitored overnight sleep tests seven nights a week.
Specific programs at The Sleep Center include:
- The infant apnea program provides services to infants and young children (up to 18 months of age) with apnea-related diagnoses
- The pediatric sleep program provides services to infants four months old through age 21 with sleep-related diagnoses
Our specialties cover the full spectrum of sleep disorders, including difficulty falling asleep or staying awake, breathing difficulties while sleeping and challenges related to waking and staying awake.
Children’s Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. As a pediatric-specific program, it is one of less than ten in the United States to receive this distinction.
Each campus has a float team to support the staffing needs of inpatient and outpatient units. Nurses on the float team begin orientation on the medical/surgical units then advance to specialty units, such as neonatal, emergency or critical care.
There are some staff nurse roles that are unique to the float team, such as resource nurses in St. Paul and transport nurses in Minneapolis. Each campus has unique care team communities that the float team nurses support.