Children with neuromuscular diseases develop cough impairment. Airway clearance techniques (ACTs) may help to prevent recurrent respiratory tract infections (RTIs). A commonly used ACT is mechanical insufflation‐exsufflation (MI‐E), but evidence for efficacy is limited. We hypothesize that MI‐E has beneficial effect on RTI related hospital admission rate.
In this single‐center...
Purpose To describe trends in pediatric home mechanical ventilation (HMV) and their impact on the use of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds. Methods Review of all children who had started HMV in a single center for HMV. Results Between 1979 and 2009, HMV was started in 197 patients [100 (51 %) with invasive and 97 with noninvasive ventilation], with a median age of 14.7 (range 0.5–17.9)...
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