People Living With Long Term Ventilation: Support for Clinicians and Caregivers

Advances in health care technology have presented clinicians with the challenge of identifying and supporting patients who choose long term ventilation (LTV) as a treatment choice. The following information is intended to support health care providers with :

1. identifying appropriate patients for LTV treatment
2. assisting with patient and family discussions about the role of LTV in the patient’s plan of care
3. clinical decision making when creating or revising a patient’s plan of care

Based on the Chronic Ventilation Care Model, each point of entry in this model encourages patient self-management, evidence-based decision-making support for clinicians, regular and proactive reassessment of care plans, and an emphasis on community-based care whenever possible.


Master Transitions At Risk Outpatients
Master Transitions ICU Inpatients
Master Transitions Patients from Paediatrics
Master Transitions LTV Care Environments



People who need long term ventilation generally access care from one of the following settings or situations:

1) Chronic Ventilation Clinic or Outpatient setting (i.e. GP)

2) Extended Intensive Care and Rehabilitation after an acute episode of critical illness

3) Paediatric Long Term Ventilation when approaching the age of majority


The following link maps out Master Transitions in care.