Chicago—If asked to describe a respirator-dependent patient, most physicians will probably imagine a debilitated, immobilized, and sedated person, monitored in an intensive care setting with the usual array of probes, alarms, telemetry, and skilled nursing staff. During the past 10 years, however, tens of thousands of adults and children with neuromuscular diseases, and a small number with emphysema, have pursued productive lives while receiving mechanical ventilation at home.
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