Inpatient Admission Criteria

Our Approach to Care
We pride ourselves on delivering beyond-medicine care that addresses the total well-being of the child and promotes the family’s peace of mind.  The patient and family are at the center of an interdisciplinary team that develops a care plan to manage and monitor care against short and long-term objectives.

Admission Criteria for Inpatient Care 

  • Discharge planning: caregiver training, home nursing arrangements, DSCC waiver process
  • Tracheostomy management
  • Chronic ventilation: vent weaning, acute respiratory issues, airway management
  • Gastrostomy tubes and short gut syndrome: feeding assessments, TPN, NG tubes, G-tube training
  • Transitioning from the NICU: children needing more physical and nutritional stability, chronic lung disease, developmental therapy, multiple births with disability 

Children Who Are Dependent on Technology or Need Transitional Care

  • Post surgical: post orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery
  • Burn/wound: burns, decubitus ulcers, animal bites, other skin care issues
  • Acquired brain injury: intensive rehab, narcotic wean
  • Other: recent stroke, brain tumor, myelomeningocele, general deconditioning, multiple fractures

Note: We are unable to care for new spinal cord injuries.

Children with Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Illnesses

  • Asthma/RAD/wheezing: must be able to tolerate q2 hour neb treatments, monitoring
  • Sickle cell disease: IV antibiotics, rule out sepsis, PCA pumps
  • Non-DKA diabetes: diabetes teaching, discharge planning
  • Seizure disorders
  • Long-term IV-antibiotic administration: IV therapy through central line or PICC line
  • Nutritional management: failure-to-thrive, malnutrition, obesity-related medical condition  

We do not admit patients who require an insulin drip or continuous nebs, or those who need exchange transfusion.

Consultation Services for Inpatient Care    

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infant Development
  • Medical Equipment Services Clinic
  • Neonatology 
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthopedics
  • Physiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech Pathology