The goal for patients living with a ventilator is to live a full life, and, if not to return to spontaneous breathing, then to live well with ventilator support. Ventilator types, daily activities, complications and caregiver support can have a positive effect on patient experience. Many patients cope well with a ventilator, and manage exceptional independence during treatment.
Caring for a patient on mechanical ventilation requires teamwork, knowledge of care goals, and interventions based on patient needs, best practices and response to therapy. Mechanical ventilation has become a common treatment for children and caregivers must be knowledgeable and confident when caring for ventilator patients.
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