Standardizing electronic health record ventilation data in the pediatric long-term mechanical ventilator-dependent population

Pediatr Pulmonol. 2023 Feb;58(2):433-440. doi: 10.1002/ppul.26204. Epub 2022 Oct 20.


Background: Sharing data across institutions is critical to improving care for children who are using long-term mechanical ventilation (LTMV). Mechanical ventilation data are complex and poorly standardized. This lack of data standardization is a major barrier to data sharing.

Objective: We aimed to describe current ventilator data in the electronic health record (EHR) and propose a framework for standardizing these data using a common data model (CDM) across multiple populations and sites.

Methods: We focused on a cohort of patients with LTMV dependence who were weaned from mechanical ventilation (MV). We extracted and described relevant EHR ventilation data. We identified the minimum necessary components, termed "Clinical Ideas," to describe MV from time of initiation to liberation. We then utilized existing resources and partnered with informatics collaborators to develop a framework for incorporating Clinical Ideas into the PEDSnet CDM based on the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP).

Results: We identified 78 children with LTMV dependence who weaned from ventilator support. There were 25 unique device names and 28 unique ventilation mode names used in the cohort. We identified multiple Clinical Ideas necessary to describe ventilator support over time: device, interface, ventilation mode, settings, measurements, and duration of ventilation usage per day. We used Concepts from the SNOMED-CT vocabulary and integrated an existing ventilator mode taxonomy to create a framework for CDM and OMOP integration.

Conclusion: The proposed framework standardizes mechanical ventilation terminology and may facilitate efficient data exchange in a multisite network. Rapid data sharing is necessary to improve research and clinical care for children with LTMV dependence.

Keywords: common data model; data sharing; electronic health record; informatics; mechanical ventilation; pediatrics.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Electronic Health Records*
  • Humans
  • Respiration, Artificial*
  • Respiratory Physiological Phenomena
  • Ventilators, Mechanical