Long Term Care Ventilator
The long term care ventilator supports medically fragile children in the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Special Care Unit. This program has been in place for a number of years with the common thread being; the need for life support equipment. Currently the Children’s Hospital does not have the equipment to meet the growing demands of premature births in the province. The escalating numbers in Manitoba, Northwest Ontario and Nunavut have stressed the programs ability to meet the needs.
These children are on long term ventilators for a number of reasons, many are premature. Medical advancements have made it possible for premature infants to survive as early as 23 weeks gestation, when normal gestation is 40 weeks.
As a result, these children are fraught with complex medical issues and respiratory conditions. Other children who have suffered trauma, neuromuscular disease or respiratory disease also access this service.
These ventilators are life support equipment that is essential for their survival of patients at Children’s Hospital.
Take a moment to read Cameron’s story, a patient that has relied on the long term care ventilator. It allowed him to be able to go home and experience life outside of the hospital walls.