Background of the project

The topic of patient safety deserves special attention. This applies especially when advanced technical support is temporarily or permanently needed – such as that regarding people with mechanical ventilation.

The number of ventilated patients in Germany is growing. With advances in medical technology, ventilated patients no longer have to stay in hospitals or nursing homes. Nowadays, they are increasingly cared for in their own homes.
 
In home care, ventilated patients are supported by informal caregivers, nurses and others professionals. There has been limited research so far on the challenges they face. The research project SHAPE. will address this need.