Long-term mechanical ventilation and nutrition

Respir Med. 2004 May;98(5):413-20. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2003.11.008.


Mechanical ventilation (MV) in chronic situations is commonly used, either delivered invasively or by means of non-invasive interfaces, to control hypoventilation in patients with chest wall, neuromuscular or obstructive lung diseases (either in adulthood or childhood). The global prevalence of ventilator-assisted individuals (VAI) in Europe ranges from 2 to 30 per 100000 population according to different countries. Nutrition is a common problem to face with in patients with chronic respiratory diseases: nonetheless, it is a key component in the long-term management of underweight COPD patients whose muscular disfunction may rapidly turn to peripheral muscle waste. Since long-term mechanical ventilation (LTMV) is usually prescribed in end-stage respiratory diseases with poor nutritional status, nutrition and dietary intake related problems need to be carefully assessed and corrected in these patients. This paper aims to review the most recent innovations in the field of nutritional status and food intake-related problems of VAI (both in adulthood and in childhood).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Appetite Regulation
  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Malnutrition / prevention & control
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional Support / methods*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods*