National Long Term Mechanical Ventilation Steering Committee Reports
Published Reports on Long Term Mechanical Ventilation
Collaboration between the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario
and West Park Healthcare Long-Term Ventilation Centre of Excellence
West Park has partnered with the RTSO to collaborate with healthcare professionals in the identification and dissemination of best practices in Long-Term Ventilation.
West Park Healthcare Centre is a 287-bed specialized rehabilitation and complex continuing care facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Centre was designated by the Ontario government in 2007 as a Centre of Excellence for Long-Term Ventilation (LTV).
Our mandate is to champion improvements in the field, in collaboration with all stakeholders, across the continuum of care, in Ontario.
At West Park we provide a range of services that support this continuum.
Home Ventilation Training Service
This 3-4 week in-patient program provides training for patients and their caregivers in the management of ventilators and related personal care.
Chronic Assisted Ventilatory Care Service
A 28-bed program housed at West Park for invasively-ventilated individuals who need residential care or require an extended stay to help transition to an alternate setting.
Gage Transition to Independent Living
For individuals who wish to learn life skills that will allow them to live independently in the community, directing their own care in individual apartments.
Ventilator-assisted individuals living in the community and their support network can receive on-going education, training and support through our outreach program.
Objectives of the Centre of Excellence for Long-Term Ventilation
1) To provide training and education for health care professionals, attendant service providers, caregivers and ventilator assisted individuals, to help foster safe, quality care in the most appropriate setting.
2) To develop and disseminate best practices, care standards and innovation in long-term ventilation to support safe, quality care for ventilator assisted individuals.
3) To develop effective processes to transition ventilator assisted individuals across the continuum of care, in a safe, timely manner, in order to enhance their quality of life.
4) To assist in the development of services to support the care of individuals with respiratory failure requiring ventilatory support and those at risk of developing respiratory failure.
Online e-Learning Library
The Centre of Excellence has developed a website, www.ltvcoe.com that can also be accessed through the RTSO website, www.rtso.ca where visitors will find free up-to-date information on best practices, on-line education and resources for families, patients and healthcare professionals. An e-learning library provides educational support for individuals with tracheostomies as well as ventilator users and their caregivers. Over 1,600 people have completed the following six online modules which feature interactive animations, multimedia and opportunities for user feedback:
- Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
- Tracheal Suctioning and Manual Ventilation
- Tracheostomy Tubes and Stoma Care
- Introduction to Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation (Invasive)
- Introduction to Non-Invasive Ventilation
- Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices
The e-learning modules are teaching aids to supplement the education provided by healthcare professionals.
The Centre of Excellence promotes the use of these educational tools across the province and encourages RTSO members to visit our website and provide feedback in order to target future educational initiatives and improve our services. We look forward to working with the RTSO to further champion improvements in long-term ventilation across the continuum of care.