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This study was conducted to assess whether one program of home ventilator management met the medical, financial, and psychosocial needs of children and their families. The sample consisted of 15 children with home ventilator assistance. Data were collected by chart review, parental telephone interviews, and comparison of home and hospital costs from itemized bills. Results indicated that, in comparison to prolonged hospitalization, home ventilator management is medically safe, with a significant reduction (78%) in overall cost. This study also revealed psychosocial benefits and deficiencies associated with the home care of ventilator-assisted children and their families. The results suggest interventions for nurses in the discharge preparation and follow-up care of ventilator-assisted children and their families.
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