The speaker will review the indications for chronic mechanical ventilation outside of the hospital, as well as the medical, social, environmental and programmatic requirements necessary to support these children and their families. The speaker will examine capabilities of some of the newer ventilators made for home care. He will also discuss the rationale behind the choice of some of the equipment being used. He will review the roles of various personnel involved in the care of the ventilator dependent child along the continuum from hospital to home, and he will discuss various interventions that can be used to treat ventilator-dependent children in the home before rehospitalization is necessary.
- The participant will recognize the types of patients who are eligible for home mechanical ventilation support
- The participant will identify the medical and social issues that must be addressed before a child can be discharged home on mechanical ventilatory support
- The participant will understand the roles of the primary care physician, subspecialist, home skilled care providers and family members in the care of ventilator dependent children at home
Related specialties: pulmonary and sleep medicine, general pediatrics