U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
United Arab Emirates
A 22-year-old female asked about a 74-year-old female:

when is it required to switch from endotrach tube to tracheostomy for an ipf patient who is on long term mechanical ventilation?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tso Chen
Dr. Tso Chenanswered
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
After 7 to 10 days: At my institution, the pulmonologists recommend to get tracheostomy after 7 to 10 days, but definitely not longer than 14 days.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Trach and Vent mgt: It depends on the ICU and medical history and settings of the ventilator. One to two weeks on the ventilator is the usual time period before discussing tracheostomy. The tracheostomy has its own benefits and complications. Optimally, trying to wean off the vent and using BiPAP or CPAP may be considered.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 32-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my breathing feels restricted in the third trimester?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
Obstetrics and Gynecology 68 years experience
Rest: If you are having exertional intolerance, try to rest. It sounds basic, however, it is too late to start an exercise regimen. However, see your provider to make sure you do not have any cardiac issues.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Scarring: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf) is a progressive, unrelenting scarring of the lungs. This results in low oxygen levels, respiratory failure and eventually death.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Shortness of Breath: At the end of life pulmonary fibrosis patients mainly develope severe shortness of breath/dyspnea. This results in very high oxygen needs and very limited exercise capacity. Many patients become chair bound or bed bound toward the end of pulmonary fibrosis. The national life expectancy for patients diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis is 50% at 2 years (after diagnosis).
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do if I am recovering from the type a flu and having breathing problems?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Get to an ER: If you have breathing troubles get to an er to be evaluated immediately.
Canada
A 24-year-old female asked:

My baby seem to forget breathing at night, is it normal?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
Pediatrics 43 years experience
Probably!: Most babies pause breathing for 15 to 20 seconds in the first few months of life. If the breathing resumes spontaneously and there is no change in color it s usually normal. Make sure you take him to his doctor for a ceck up.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Dec 25, 2016

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.