Achieving Quality of Life on a Mechanical Ventilator webcast


Description

With recent changes in healthcare, patients requiring long-term mechanical ventilation are being discharged to their homes sooner than in past years.1 A patient's quality of life may change a little or, in many cases, immensely. Patients must learn how to adapt to their home environment, as well as their health condition.

One useful tool for assessing and helping improve patient quality of life is known as health-related quality of life (HRQoL). It is a multidimensional measure that includes the quality-of-life domains of financial wellbeing, living environment and safety, as well as domains related to physical, mental, emotional and social functioning.

In addition, HRQoL focuses on the quality-of-life consequences of the patient's health status by measuring the effects of chronic illness, treatments, and short- and long-term disabilities. HRQoL measures are self-reported by patients and outcomes vary by patient.2,3,4

Course summary

This webcast will explain how clinicians can best employ this helpful tool.

To improve the quality of life for a patient on mechanical ventilation, clinicians need to: evaluate a patient's HRQoL measures, implement specific treatment goals, help identify challenges the patient may encounter, and determine if invasive or noninvasive ventilation is most appropriate.1,4

Accreditation

This program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE credit.

This webcast is approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

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Learning objectives

Understand the effects of HRQoL on patients on home mechanical ventilation (HMV)

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Learn treatment goals to improve quality of life

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Explore the unique challenges facing the HMV patient

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Explore considerations for assessing invasive vs. noninvasive ventilation in terms of quality-of-life measures

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Discuss advantages of portable vs. nonportable ventilation devices for the long-term mechanical ventilation patient

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