Long Term Mechanical Ventilation

Caring for patients at risk of long-term dependency on mechanical ventilation.

Long-term Term Ventilation (LTV) patients are clinically defined as those patients suffering from severe respiratory impairment who require ventilator support more than 6 hours per day for more than 21 days, but who are no longer acutely or critically ill and do not require additional services provided by a critical care unit.

In collaboration with the Long-Term Ventilation Planning Committee, CCSO developed the Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation Toolkit for Adult Acute Care Providers. The toolkit is a resource to help guide Ontario’s health care providers in the medical management of mechanically ventilated patients. It summarizes effective strategies and tools to identify patients in critical care settings who are at risk of dependency on long-term ventilation, strategies to promote weaning, and care practices to consider implementing when the focus shifts from acute to long-term care needs.

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