The chronically critically ill patient: pediatric considerations.


Journal Article (Review)

Whether defined as chronically critically ill, long-term mechanical ventilator dependent (or otherwise chronically medically supported), or medically fragile, a population of infants and children with chronic illness clearly exists. Infants and children with chronic healthcare needs are at an increased risk for physical, developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional conditions and generally require healthcare services of a type or amount beyond that of a general pediatric or adult population. This review will focus on the specific management and psychosocial needs associated with the healthcare of this subgroup of infants and children with chronic illness. Attention will be paid to defining the population, describing trends over time, reviewing their special needs, and discussing outcomes. Increased focus and an increasing quantity of resources for this subgroup of infants and children are needed, as the number of such pediatric patients continues to grow.

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Cited Authors

  • Peterson-Carmichael, SL; Cheifetz, IM

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 993 - 1002

PubMed ID

  • 22663972

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22663972

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-3654

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-1324

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4187/respcare.01738


  • eng