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Authors

  1. Boroughs, Deborah MSN
  2. Dougherty, Joan A. BSN

Abstract

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.