Achieving Quality of Life on a Mechanical Ventilator– With recent changes in healthcare, patients requiring long-term mechanical ventilation are being discharged to their homes sooner than in past years.1 A patient’s quality of life may change a little or in many cases immensely. Patients must learn how to adapt to their home environment, as well as their health condition.
One useful tool for assessing and helping improve patient quality of life is known as health-related quality of life (HRQoL). It is a multi-dimensional measure that includes the quality of life domains of financial well-being, living environment, and safety, as well as domains related to physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning.
Course highlights: Effects of HRQoL on patients on Home Mechanical Ventilation (HMV).
Treatment goals to improve quality of life (QOL).
The unique challenges facing the HMV patient.
Considerations for assessing invasive vs. noninvasive ventilation in terms of QOL measures.
Advantages of portable vs. non-portable ventilation devices for the long term mechanical ventilation patient.
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