AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2008 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

CPAP via Tracheostomy

A patient is admitted to a long-term care hospital from an acute care facility with persistent respiratory failure following traumatic quadriplegia after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. The patient is being maintained on continuous positive airway pressure [CPAP] via tracheostomy. Since the patient is receiving CPAP via his trach would this be considered mechanical ventilation? ...

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