October 2012 — Two leaders of CHOP Home Care recently published "A Hospital-to-Home Program for Ventilator-dependent Children Sets the Standard of Care" in the October 2012 issue of AARC Times, the official publication of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
The article, by John Tamasitis, RRT-NPS, and Lynn Shesser, MBA, MSN, RN, wrote about how home mechanical ventilation of children with chronic or degenerative respiratory and neuromuscular disorders can be a practical alternative to institutional care.
Advances in portable medical technologies and therapies, a focus on family-centered care, and upfront dialogue with third-party payors have contributed to safe and successful experiences in home ventilation. The home ventilator program of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an interdisciplinary initiative between CHOP’s inpatient units and its Home Care department for children who require chronic respiratory mechanical support and weaning.
CHOP's comprehensive team of healthcare professionals provide an abundance of expertise, education, communication and collaboration to support families in successfully bringing high-tech respiratory care into the home.
The program is unique in its interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programming that seamlessly transitions patients across the continuum of care while also creating a recognized standard of care and promoting best practices for
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