Your Child’s Airway Disorders Appointment

Making an appointment

Tell us about your child

We encourage you to call our office if you are seeking an appointment for your child at 215-590-3440. When you first contact the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders, a member of our staff will gather basic information about your child, including contact numbers and obtaining insurance information. This message is forward to our experienced nurse and nurse practitioners who will speak with you to get more in-depth information about the reason for your visit, your child, and answer any of your questions.

Insurance

We are aware there are numerous insurance plans, especially since we see patients from around the country and world. We encourage you to speak with your insurance company and review our Billing and Insurance resources. Our airway program coordinator and financial team are happy to answer any further questions you may have about your benefit coverage. If a referral from your child’s primary care provider or pre-authorization is required by your insurance plan, please make sure you obtain these before your child’s visit to the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders.

Share medical records

We may request copies of specific medical records and studies that your child has already completed. This will help us evaluate your child more thoroughly and work as a team with your child’s other specialists. We typically ask for the following records:

  • Any operative reports and images
  • Your last ENT office visit note
  • Your last Pulmonary office visit note
  • Your last GI office visit note
  • The last office note from Cardiology, Endocrine, Neurology, Hematology, or Immunology, if your child is followed by any of them.
  • Images and reports from CT scans, MRIs of the head, neck, chest
  • Reports from swallow studies, both radiology and speech language pathologists
  • Recent respiratory cultures
  • Growth charts and immunizations

This information can be faxed or mailed to:

Fax: 215-590-3986 (Add “att: Jennifer Pizza” to fax cover sheet)

Mail:
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Otolaryngology/The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders
Att: Jennifer Pizza
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Aerodigestive Conference

All of the information provided regarding your child are reviewed and discussed at our Aerodigestive Multidisciplinary Conference, before your child's appointment is scheduled. Attending this conference are ENT, GI, Pulmonary, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Work, and the Airway Coordinators. At the conference, a plan will be determined for your child’s visit. This plan will include the specialists that we feel your child should see or additional testing we may think helpful. A diagnostic evaluation in the operating room may also be planned.

Partnering with you

One of our Airway clinicians will call you with our plan of care. We will closely work with you in scheduling and coordinating appointments. Our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns.   

Prepare for your visit

Appointment schedule

Once the appointments have been finalized with you, a letter is sent with key information. This letter contains the date and time of the appointments, location, as well as the physician’s name. There will also be helpful material regarding parking, arrival times, and items to bring to your appointment. 

Your visit to our Center is planned so that many different evaluations and tests can be done in as short a time as possible. If your child needs to be seen by several specialists, our Airway Coordinator will make these appointments. The details of your visit will be in the appointment letter that was provided to you. The benefits in grouping appointments are:

  • Collaboration: Every specialists will be involved early on and ensuring that the entire airway team is well informed about your child’s condition.  The team, working together with you, decide on the best care plan for your child in real time.  
  • Efficiency: Multiple appointments in one day eliminate the need for several trips to the Hospital. This is especially beneficial for families with children who are medically fragile and have special needs.  It reduces time off from work, school, and frequent phone calls in making appointments or coordinate appointments. 

What to bring

Due to the number of appointments you may have that day, we recommend bringing with you some favorite toys, books, or music to keep your child occupied and some snacks. 

If your child has a tracheostomy and or feeding tube, please bring your emergency supplies.  Your tracheostomy emergency supplies include suction and suction catheters, oxygen, airway supplies, pulse oximeter, same size tracheostomy tube, and your emergency sized tracheostomy tube. Your feeding tube supplies include feeding equipment and formula. This is for your child’s safety and health.

Accommodations

If you're traveling to Children's Hospital from a distance, your family members may need a local place to stay for a few days or longer. You have many options available. Learn more about places to stay near CHOP.

Day of appointment

Where to find us

The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders sees patients on the 5th floor of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus, across the street from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Main Hospital.

This includes your appointment with pulmonary, GI, and Speech. Parking is available in the garage beneath the building. View a map of our Main Campus, driving directions, and more.

What to expect

Being new to the Airway Clinic, you may need to answer questions about your child’s health on a computer in the clinic. There will be time to do this prior to your appointment. If you signed up for MyCHOP, this questionnaire will be sent to you by email to complete at home. If you need a MyCHOP access code, please contact any of your CHOP providers to request one.

If your child needs to see ENT, GI, Pulmonary, Speech in the Airway Clinic, you will remain in the same hallway for those appointments.

Additional testing

Because accurate diagnosis is essential to planning treatment, we may perform or order additional tests during your child’s visit to establish or confirm a suspected condition. Testing may include:

In the office

On campus, outside the office:

After your child’s appointment

We will send a copy of all of the specialists’ evaluations to your pediatrician and to any home specialists you would like to receive our information. Follow-up appointments with our Center’s specialists and any surgeries our team recommends can be coordinated through our Airway Coordinator. 

Our team is available by phone at 215-590-3440 during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer any questions or concern you or your healthcare provider at home may have.


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