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NUH offers ventilation care for kids at home

Move cuts hospital trips for patients with breathing woes, frees bed space

Published on Apr 23, 2014 8:04 AM
 
Mr Syahrunizham Zainal using a ventilation machine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital with his mother Azizah Ahmad. Tan Tock Seng Hospital started its home ventilation service in 2009. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

The National University Hospital (NUH) has started to formally offer home ventilation services for children - a move which will allow young patients to be treated in their homes and, also, free up precious bed space in hospitals.

With this, patients need not go to the hospital even for routine check-ups, which could be as frequent as once a month.

The portable ventilator - a laptop-size machine connected to a tube - helps breathing by delivering air to the lungs.

Patients needing ventilators mostly suffer from muscle or nerve disorders that make it difficult to breathe without help.

 
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It's better if we can treat them earlier in the home. Otherwise, by the time they come in, they're usually quite sick.

- Associate Professor Daniel Goh, head of NUH's department of paediatrics, on why providing patients with regular home support is important to avoid long hospital stays

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