Care of technology-dependent children in the home

Home Healthc Nurse. 2009 Jan;27(1):37-42. doi: 10.1097/01.NHH.0000343784.88852.94.


Home care for infants and children requiring life-sustaining technological interventions has been a common alternative to long-term hospitalization since the early 1980s. This has created a need for a sufficient pool of competent home health clinicians capable of providing highly skilled care in the home and of supporting family caregivers. The Pennsylvania Ventilator-Assisted Children's Home Program (VACHP) has developed and successfully implemented a 32-hour training program that has equipped more than 300 clinicians with the knowledge and skill level necessary to provide competent care for these children.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Child
  • Community Health Nursing* / education
  • Community Health Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Critical Care / organization & administration*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / organization & administration
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Staff / education
  • Nursing Staff / psychology
  • Pediatric Nursing* / education
  • Pediatric Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Pennsylvania
  • Program Evaluation
  • Respiration, Artificial / nursing*
  • Training Support