TABLE 1

Number and proportion of all home mechanical ventilated patients in Finland in 2015–2019

PatientsNew patients#Deceased patientsFully HIMV-dependent patients+MaleElectively initiated HIMV
All patients§141 (100%)3446110 (82%)91 (67%)47 (34%)
Motor neurone disease41 (29%)111636 (88%)20 (49%)18 (44%)
Spinal cord injury28 (20%)8822 (79%)24 (86%)2 (7%)
Miscellaneous25 (18%)5816 (64%)18 (72%)4 (16%)
Muscular diseases21 (15%)7718 (86%)12 (57%)9 (43%)
Duchenne muscular dystrophy20 (14%)4520 (100%)20 (100%)12 (60%)
Post-polio syndrome5 (4%)024 (80%)2 (40%)2 (40%)

Data are presented as n (%) or n. HIMV: home invasive mechanical ventilation. #: Patients whose treatment was initiated on 2 January 2015 to 1 January 2019; : patients who died between 1 January 1 2015 and 1 January 2019; +: patients who use HIMV 24 h a day; §: “All patients” includes patients who were already on HIMV treatment on 1 January 2015 (n=107) and new patients whose treatment was initiated between 2 January 2015 and 1 January 2019 (n=34).