Esther Khor, RRT, MMgt
Provincial Health Service Authority, Vancouver, BC

Home mechanical ventilation is increasing in many countries, including Canada. Individuals using home ventilation are exercising their autonomy to manage complex care at home. The advancement in technology has led to smaller ventilators, which further supports the transition of respiratory care into the home. As health care is evolving into the home setting, strengthening the support system for ventilated individuals and their family caregivers is important. In this presentation, we will review the barriers that ventilated individuals and their family caregivers have expressed and consider the application of remote monitoring to improve care. Remote monitoring will be reviewed in a few cases to demonstrate its application to support continuous care, accessibility of care and improve the ventilated individual’s experience at home.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Better understand home ventilation in British Columbia;
  • Better understand barriers in delivering home ventilation; and
  • Better understand benefits of remote monitoring.

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Collaborator, Communicator, Health Advocate