The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

The Patient's Perspective: Thriving--Not Just Surviving

Barbara Rogers, BA Breethezy, New York, New York

Transition from hospital to home, and integrating a "ventilator" into one's everyday life, can be a trying experience for both the vent user and the family. A ventilator user herself for over ten years and Director of an innovative respiratory education and recovery program for the ventilator community, Ms. Rogers will give an inside view of this process. She will highlight the often "non-rational" fears and "non-medical" issues that can prohibit compliance and will offer take-home "tools" that the vent user and family can use to help provide the "missing link" necessary for a successful transition and outcome.

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