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cystic fibrosis center

Dayton Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center is accredited by and follows care guidelines from the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our patients include newly diagnosed infants, children and teens, and even adults who have been living with cystic fibrosis for decades.

Dayton Children's Cystic Fibrosis Center has also received special recognition from the foundation as the recipient of the Quality Care Award, recognizing outstanding quality improvement processes and accomplishments. The award recognizes a sustained commitment to quality improvement resulting in improved clinical outcomes.

your visit to the CF Center

The Cystic Fibrosis Center is staffed each week by the same pulmonologists, certified nurse practitioner, nurses, respiratory therapists, social worker, pharmacist and registered dietitian. This allows for you and your child to get to know the team and have a consistent continuum of care from visit to visit. Access to psychology support and physical therapy is also available. Check-ups are usually scheduled every one to three months for patients with cystic fibrosis.

Patients receive the following on a regularly scheduled basis:

  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Lab tests
  • Imaging studies
  • Medication review
  • Equipment checks
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Support from a social worker

If your child ever needs to be admitted to the hospital due to complications with their CF the clinic team will work closely with the inpatient team to ensure consistent care. Learn more about our inpatient care for pulmonary patients.

home care for CF patients

Our team works closely with local home care companies, including the Children’s Home Care of Dayton to make sure that families have all the equipment and supplies needed, and we perform equipment checks to ensure that everything is working properly. We provide a respiratory therapy assessment to ensure that the equipment and techniques patients are using for airway clearance are adequate. We also provide nutritional assessments and support as part of regular care.

CF clinical trials

The Dayton Children's Cystic Fibrosis Center is part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutic Development Network, which allows our patients to participate in clinical trials of new medications and therapies to improve the lives of people with CF. Also, the clinic hosts educational events to help parents and children connect with others who are going through similar experiences.

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CF newborn screening program

Each baby born in a U.S. hospital is given a blood test as part of this country’s Newborn Screening (NBS) Program. The goal of this test is to identify whether the baby has certain health conditions, including cystic fibrosis. If identified early, many of these conditions can be treated before they cause serious health problems. If your child tests positive for CF, you will receive a call from one of the state’s six hospitals that provides follow-up testing which includes Dayton Children’s.

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adult cystic fibrosis program

When a CF patient turns 14 we will begin the transition process for adult care of their diagnosis. We collaborate with Miami Valley Hospital to ensure it is a smooth transition. The entire transition will last until they are 21.

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education and resources

Our clinic provides one-on-one education to help families learn about cystic fibrosis and how to care for their child at home. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Leora Langdon, RN, CPNP, at 937-641-5582.

Dayton Children’s also provides the Family Support Resource Directory. Search the directory for a list of support groups, camps and other resources for kids with cystic fibrosis.

contact us request an appointment

The pulmonary department’s triage nurses are available by phone at 937-641-3376 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer patient questions . After hours, call 937-641-3000 to reach the hospital’s operator and ask for the pulmonologist on call.

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling at 937-641-4000.