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Transition of the Ventilator-Dependent Child from Hospital to Home

Advances in technology and a shift to family-centered care have resulted in an increasing number of children requiring invasive ventilation at home. Successful transition for this complex population is a collaborative process involving an interdisciplinary and coordinated plan of care. This presentation will discuss the role of the respiratory therapist within a dedicated discharge planning team, the criteria for discharge of ventilator-dependent children, the preparation and education of their families, and the challenges faced in providing a quality and efficient transition.

Successful completion of this course requires a score of 70% on the post-test.

Original webcast date: August 4, 2020

**Please note that all programs require the participant to view the entire program prior to taking the final quiz and obtaining a course certificate.**

Approved for 1.00 CRCE Hours.


Discuss interdisciplinary discharge planning and collaborative care of the ventilator-dependent child’s transition to home.
Identify barriers to discharge from the hospital.
Understand the preparation and education required of the ventilator–dependent child’s caregivers.


Transition of the Ventilator-Dependent Child from Hospital to Home

Speaker Information

Sherry Barnhard RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC