Ventilator care in the home setting can often be complex and present unique challenges. A skilled nurse is required to ensure that adequate breathing is taking place to maintain the patient’s life. These nurses require specified knowledge and experience with the latest in medical technology. They also need to be able to work with patients and their families to provide the optimal outcome for a patient with a ventilator.
It is not uncommon for children to need ventilator care in the home, but this presents unique challenges, such as being able to provide an environment to nurture growth, development and socialization. Home care nurses can accompany children using ventilators to school and other activities. The role of the nurse is to give the child the most normal life possible.