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The total number of hours an admitted patient has spent on continuous ventilatory support.


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Continuous ventilatory support or invasive ventilation refers to the application of ventilation via an invasive artificial airway. For the purposes of this data element, invasive artificial airway is that provided via an endotracheal tube or a tracheostomy tube.

An endotracheal tube can be placed orally or nasally. It is usually employed prior to a surgically placed tracheostomy tube.

With prolonged ventilation, or when prolonged ventilation is expected, a tracheostomy tube is placed surgically.


National Centre for Classification in Health 2010. Australian Coding Standards for ICD-10-AM (The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification) and ACHI (The Australian Classification of Health Interventions) (7th edition). Sydney: National Centre for Classification in Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney.

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