Arkansas Center for Respiratory Technology Dependent Children (ACRTDC)

The Arkansas Center for Respiratory Technology Dependent Children (ACRTDC) is committed to providing specialized care to respiratory technology-dependent children and enhancing the quality of life through caregiver education, research, and advocacy. ACRTDC is a program in the Pulmonary section at Arkansas Children’s Hospital that manages the care of children who need different types of respiratory support at home such as ventilators, bi-level, CPAP, airway clearance devices and/or have a tracheostomy. The ACRTDC team includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, dietitians, child life specialists, psychologists and other therapists. 

ACRTDC offers specialized care and services for our patients and families. 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. Children in the ACRTDC program require respiratory support at home to maintain stability and have diagnoses such as:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis)
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect at Pulmonary Clinic?

  • The first visit may be longer than follow-up appointments.
  • X-rays, pulmonary function, lab work or another 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

How do I make an appointment?

  • Call the Appointment Center at 501-364-4000.

What are ventilators and airway clearance therapy? Does my child need these?

  • 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.

What is an Annual Review visit?

  • Annual Review is a more involved Pulmonary clinic appointment that happens once a year on the visit nearest the birthday.
  • The purpose is to evaluate all aspects of pulmonary care by meeting with the respiratory therapist, dietitian and social worker.
  • You will be notified in advance when it is time for the Annual Review visit.

How can the Social Worker help me?

  • 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

How can I be involved with ACRTDC?

For more information on how to support ACRTDC, contact the Pulmonary Office at 501-364-1006.