Long-term home ventilation of children in Italy: A national survey

F. Racca, G. Berta, M. Sequi, E. Bignamini, E. Capello, R. Cutrera, G. Ottonello, V. M. Ranieri, I. Salvo, R. Testa, A. Wolfler, M. Bonati

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Background Improved technology, as well as professional and parental awareness, enable many ventilator-dependent children to live at home. However, the profile of this growing population, the quality and adequacy of home care, and patients' needs still require thorough assessment. Objectives To define the characteristics of Italian children receiving long-term home mechanical ventilation (HMV) in Italy. Methods A detailed questionnaire was sent to 302 National Health Service hospitals potentially involved in the care of HVM in children (aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-572
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • artificial ventilation
  • chronic respiratory failure
  • disability
  • epidemiology
  • home mechanical ventilation
  • home respiratory care
  • long term ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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