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How Can I Wean Myself Off The Ventilator If I Have Copd
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more
Honest discussion: You need to have a candid talk with your doctor. You need to know where your lung situation stands, how to improve it, is it medically possible to get off the ventilator. Your medications might need to be fine tuned. Pulmonary rehabilitation should be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
84 year old being weaned off a non invasive ventilator with suspected COPD. What will happen next if lungs don't cope?
CPAP/BiPAP: Some patients benefit from nocturnal support with CPAP or BiPAP chronically.The patient should be evaluated for sleep apnea and arterial blood gasses should be analyzed. A persistently high pCO2 or acidosis may impair weaning. Look for complications like infection, concomitant congestive heart failure which may be contributing ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would a patients values drop after a tracheostomy instead of getting better the patient has COPD and is trying to wean off the ventilator?
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Varies...: Disease progression varies widely among individuals and there are many factors that affect the rate of progression. In general, the disease will progress slower if you stop smoking and use oxygen, if the oxygen level in your blood is low enough to warrant this therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends...: A patient in the final stages of COPD would have a high risk of not being able to come off the ventilator. Is this what the patient wants, to live their final days attached to a ventilator? Such a patient would likely need to be cared for in a facility as it would be extremely difficult to care for such a patient at home. The patient needs to make this decision knowing these facts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???
Complex: For the best answer, ask your mother's physicians because they know the specifics of her case. Generally speaking, it is considered high risk to feed by mouth while on positive pressure ventilation even via trach. ...Read more
Mother aged 80 patient copd. Ventilator once. Inhaler asthalin, neubulising asthaline and budecort. Deriphyllyne, prbpm90-100, spo2p. Advice?
Difficult situation: COPD at advanced age is difficult. You are probably looking at longterm oxygen which has been showing to decrease mortality in the disease. Make sure your mother's medications are maximized. Also consider physical therapy or pulmonary rehab to help her physically deal with her illness. ...Read more
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
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