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Doctor insights on: How Long Can You Live On A Mechanical Ventilator

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How long can you live on a mechanical ventilator?

60+ years: In some cases people can lives years or decades on a ventilator. One can potentially live their whole life on a ventilator and die from other causes. ...Read more

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What happens if a patient is intubated and you don't have resources (mechanical ventilator), and its more than 12 hours, how long is bagging effective?

What happens if a patient is intubated and you don't have resources (mechanical ventilator), and its more than 12 hours, how long is bagging effective?

Ventilator vs baggin: Bagging is effective as long as ventilation is provided effectively and the patient is oxygenating appropriately. ...Read more

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Why would a mechanical ventilator be needed to assist breathing?

Why would a mechanical ventilator be needed to assist breathing?

Respiratory failure: Is treated by supporting ventilation temprarily with a ventilator, while the uderlying cause is treated. ...Read more

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Who would go on a mechanical ventilator post op?

Who would go on a mechanical ventilator post op?

May be anyone: Remaining on mechanical ventilation post op can be for many reasons. After some cases this is expected due to large fluid shifts during surgery. Healthy patients can remain intubated if some of the effects of medications haven't worn off, narcotics or muscle relaxants for example. Finally, if there was a problem related to the patient's lungs or airway either acute or chronic can be a reason. ...Read more

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For someone placed on a mechanical ventilator, when is best time to check abg?

For someone placed on a mechanical ventilator, when is best time to check abg?

Depends: It depends on the reason why the patient was placed on the ventilator in the first place and how they respond. Sometimes an abg is obtained only a few minutes after being placed on a ventilator (e.g. After an emergency intubation); often, an abg is not needed at all (e.g. Intubated for an elective procedure requiring general anesthesia). ...Read more

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How can I wean off a mechanical ventilator?

How can I wean off a mechanical ventilator?

Many ways....: weaning from mechanical ventilation is the process by which a patient is removed from the ventilator. Sometimes it!s as easy as disconnecting the ventilator and the patient breathes normally. Sometimes it requires a very slow process. There are many factors that determine the weaning process for a certain patient like age, medical conditions( like lung disease, infections, etc.), medications, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a high pressure alarm sounds on a mechanical ventilator?

What does it mean if a high pressure alarm sounds on a mechanical ventilator?

Occlusion: The high pressure alarm means there is an occlusion somewhere along the system of tubes that lead to the air sacs in the lungs. High pressure can be caused by the patient biting the endotracheal tube, secretions plugging the tube or the airways, bronchspasm, and many other causes. ...Read more

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Do all patients in a mechanical ventilator need to have tracheotomy procedure done?

No: Only patients who are unable to breathe without the help of a ventilator for prolonged periods of time (usually more than 2 weeks) will require tracheostomy. ...Read more

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Before suctioning an intubated patient hooked to mechanical ventilator, is it right to increase the fio2 to 100% to hyperoxygenate the patient?

Before suctioning an intubated patient hooked to mechanical ventilator, is it right to increase the fio2 to 100%  to hyperoxygenate the patient?

Usually: That is usually the norm because, you are technically suctioning out air (and thus oxygen) from the lung when you suction. In all reality, does it affect oxygenation that much? Probably not. But, turning up the oxygen to 100% for a few seconds usually causes no harm. ...Read more

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