Physiotherapists UK must be part of home ventilation care packages

11th April 2011

Proper physiotherapy, nursing and medical care are needed if patients receiving home ventilation are to get the best possible care, according to the findings of a recent study.

Research which looked into the effectiveness of mechanical ventilation discovered that many people using the treatment were put at risk by ill-thought out care plans and poorly trained staff, as hospitals were left to arrange home care without the proper support.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, concluded that special care units would be the best place to coordinate this type of care, but there were few in existence in the UK, causing huge gaps in care equality, the Press Association reported.

Dr Craig Davidson, from London's Guys and St Thomas Hospital, which contributed to the study, said: "The UK lags behind other European countries where centres have been centrally commissioned and licensed."

Home ventilators are used when a person is well enough to be discharged, but still needs help breathing, either through a tracheostomy tube or by using a mask overnight

Posted by Edward Bartel

1.Wise, Matt P, et al."Home mechanical ventilation." British Medical Journal. April 6, 2011.

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