The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

A Nightingale's Song: Outcomes of Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation

John W. Salyer, BS, RRT, Monday, December 8, 1997.

This lecture will introduce clinicians to the fundamentals of outcomes measurement for patients receiving pediatric mechanical ventilation. While many pediatric ventilatory techniques have been borrowed from the neonatal intensive care unit, this lecture will focus mainly on non-neonatal pediatric patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Topics will include a very brief review of historical figures in outcomes measurement including Florence Nightingale, hence the title of this lecture. Different types of outcomes will be described, including clinical and financial outcomes, along with where and how, many of these data can be found in hospital information systems. Also included will be a review of published findings on outcomes of pediatric mechanical ventilation, of which there is a surprising wealth of information. These will include morbidity and mortality from a variety of diseases requiring mechanical ventilation. Finally, the financial impact of pediatric mechanical ventilation will be reviewed.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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