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U-M Study: Children Dependent on Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation Require Longer, More Expensive Hospital Care
Date:5/24/2011

d made up 25% of the population, but used about 50% of the healthcare resources for all the children requiring long-term medical ventilation," says Benneyworth, who also treats patients at the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "This means that there may be tremendous opportunities to improve the care that these young children receive."

The study also finds that infants have the longest length of hospitalization and the highest in-hospital mortality rates which may be important goals for additional research.

"Programs in many hospitals have been working to improve the discharge process and home care resources available to these children," says Benneyworth. "But these young children, with their long and expensive hospital stays, have different needs that we should identify."

The study showed a 55% growth in additional hospitalizations for children needing long-term mechanical ventilation support and a 70% increase in subsequent health care cost. Analysis also shows that in the final years of the study, the demand for additional care was greatest in patients between one and four years of age.

Most notably, infants less than a year old make up a small part of the total population, but also used about half of the total healthcare resources, demonstrating an opportunity for continued optimization in the care of young children requiring long-term mechanical ventilation.

Additional authors: Achamyeleh Gebremariam, M.S., Sarah J. Clark, M.P.H., Thomas P. Shanley, M.D., Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.

Funding: Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Disclosures: None

Citation: DOI: 10.1542 / Peds: 2010-2026

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in the U.S. News Media Group's 2011 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" in
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