‘I need complete trust in nurses’ – home mechanical ventilated patients’ perceptions of safety

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The number of severely ill patients in home care depending on advanced life‐prolonging technology and extensive assistance from others has increased over the last few decades in many industrialised countries 1. One example of this development is the growing number of individuals receiving home mechanical ventilation (HMV). They not only are dependent on life‐supporting technology, but also need advanced nursing care and several medical and therapeutic procedures daily. Although caring for an individual receiving HMV carries substantial risks, little attention so far has been paid to patient safety in this context. It is particularly unclear how patients perceive their situation and what makes them feel safe or unsafe. In this study, we address that need by providing an insight into a generally unexplored and hidden field of home care from the user's point of view.
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