chapter  19
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Problem-solving and transitions in long-term non-invasive ventilation A K Simonds

Ventilator reliability, breakdown and consequences 249

Power failure 251

Telephone support 251

Telemedicine 252

Care during elective surgery 252

Travel, school and work 252

Paediatric to adult transition 253

Adolescent medicine 253

Growing older – problems 255

References 256

Problem-solving in long-term ventilator-dependent patients falls into several categories:

• Medical – respiratory exacerbations or need for elective procedures • Ventilator care, servicing and breakdowns • Supporting ventilator-dependent patients at school, college, work.