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Feasibility of a pediatric long-term Home Ventilation Program in Argentina: 11 years' experience

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Pediatric pulmonology
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Leske, V.; Guerdile, M. J.; Gonzalez, A.; Testoni, F.; Aguerre, V.

BACKGROUND: Pediatric home ventilation (HV) has increased worldwide. A Home Ventilation Program (HVP) was started in the Pulmonary Department of the "Hospital de Pediatr�a Prof. Dr. J. P. Garrahan," Argentina, in 2007. This is the largest Argentine national pediatric tertiary care referral center. Limited studies on pediatric HV from Latin American countries have been published. OBJECTIVE: This study describes and analyzes the cohort of children admitted to the HVP during an 11 years period. METHODS: Longitudinal study. POPULATION: all patients (pts) admitted to the HVP between 2007 and 2018. We analyzed demographic and clinical variables, sleep study results, ventilation setting, and start manner collected in a prospective data base. RESULTS: A total of 244 pts were admitted. Median age at ventilation start was 9.41 (3.47-14.08) years, 84% of pts had health insurance. The most frequent underlying diseases were neuromuscular disease (43%) and genetic syndromes (23%). Home-hospital distance was 100-500 km in 16% of cases and greater than 500 km in 34%. Seventy percent of pts had sleep studies before ventilation initiation. Ventilation was started in our general pediatric ward in 83.6%. Noninvasive ventilation was used in 86.1%. The actual number of pts still on follow up is 133 of 244 (54.5%), 16.8% dropped out, 16.4% were transitioned to adult care, 5.32% resolved their sleep-disordered breathing, and 5.32% died. CONCLUSIONS: The HVP admitted pts from all the country. Ventilation was started on the basis of clinical and objective sleep measures. This long-term experience underlines the feasibility of a HVP in an emergent country.

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