Pediatric Specialty Care

Summer Fun – PA Vent Camp

Category: Events

Summer is here and that means lots of fun events over the next couple of months!  Many children throughout PSC campuses are attending Extended School Year and are involved in various camps all over Pennsylvania.  PA Vent Camp is one that has been a special part of the children’s lives and gives them something to look forward to at the end of the school year.

This year’s Vent Camp ran from June 23-27 and Pediatric Specialty Care wanted to get involved and give back to this special program.  Lori Bitner, RN Clinical Liaison had the wonderful experience of volunteering for several days during the week.  She had the opportunity to see all the fun activities and how much the kids love it!

About The Camp

For over 15 years, the has served the children of Pennsylvania

Over the past decade as medical technology and chronic care have improved it has become commonplace for children’s hospitals to discharge children on some form of assisted home ventilation. In 1991 the staff of the Penn State Children’s Hospital followed few patients at home on ventilators. Today the chronic ventilator service follows over 70 children ranging in age from 6 months to 18 years. Currently the Pennsylvania State Home Ventilator program, a state agency, lists approximately 250 children at home on ventilators. Many of these children are intellectually intact and attend preschool programs and regular schools.

There are many camps for children with disabilities such as camps for children with cancer or muscular dystrophy but there are only a few camps for children who require a ventilator to breathe. This is due to the need for total care 24 hours a day. In addition to the total care, ventilator dependent children often are also wheelchair bound, which limits the availability of camp locations. Pa Vent Camp’s purpose is to provide a camp to meet the needs of children on ventilators with multiple healthcare needs.

In 1993 under the leadership of Pam Smith, a respiratory therapist, and a small group of professionals, the Pennsylvania Vent Camp was founded. The camp has grown from 14 to well over 30 campers. PA Vent Camp is open to children from any state, however, preference is given to PA. To qualify, children must require a ventilator, BiPAP, or CPAP to breathe, need to understand and be able to participate in camp activities, and be able to be medically cared for in a camp setting.

 

 

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