The technology-dependent child

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2001 Jun;48(3):751-64. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(05)70337-0.


Improvements in the provision of oxygen, mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy care, enteral and parenteral nutrition, and dialysis have expanded the population of technology-dependent children. This article attempts to review pertinent points regarding these services, including common complications. Primary care and subspecialty physicians must smooth the transition of these children to the home environment, but a comprehensive team approach is necessary for the recognition of medical complications and provision of appropriate family teaching and psychosocial supports.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Technology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disabled Children / rehabilitation*
  • Hemodialysis, Home
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Oxygen / therapeutic use
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Home / economics
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Home / methods
  • Peritoneal Dialysis / economics
  • Peritoneal Dialysis / methods
  • Respiration, Artificial / economics
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods
  • Tracheostomy / methods


  • Oxygen