Weaning from mechanical ventilation followed at home with the aid of a telemedicine program

Michele Vitacca, Alberto Guerra, Giuliano Assoni, Piera Pizzocaro, Lucia Marchina, Simonetta Scalvini, Bruno Balbi

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Abstract

We describe the use of telemedicine in support of weaning from invasive mechanical ventilation on a 63-year-old woman of at home by means of a telepneumology program (TPP). Under telephone assistance of a pulmonologist and a TPP nurse tutor, the pulsed arterial saturimetric (pSaT), heart rate (HR), breathing pattern tracing monitoring transmitted via a home telephone line and the aid of the caregiver, the patient was able to maintain diurnal spontaneous breathing after 24 spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) steps twice daily. The duration of each SBT period progressively increased starting from 30 minutes up to 8 hours. This case report shows that many patients at home on ventilators could possibly be weaned through the use of remote monitoring and call center response, with only family/caregivers on-site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Media Technology
  • Nursing(all)

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