Choosing a ventilator for home mechanical ventilation

C. Gregoretti, P. Navalesi, S. Ghannadian, A. Carlucci, P. Pelosi

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Abstract

Mechanical ventilation, applied either invasively through a tracheotomy tube or noninvasively via a mask, is increasingly used for long-term management of many forms of severe chronic respiratory failure in the home setting. In recent years, the quality of the ventilators for long-term home mechanical ventilation has improved considerably and, concomitantly, the number of machines available has also increased. This broader range of commercially available machines is clearly an advantage; however, it makes the choice of the optimal device for a specific patient more difficult. The aim of the present article is to provide useful information to help and guide the choice of device for long-term mechanical ventilation in the home setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-408
Number of pages14
JournalBreathe
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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