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Doctor insights on: How Long Can You Live On A 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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How long a person can live with ventilator?

depends: The ventilator is simply a device used to breath for the patient. How long a pt can live on the ventilator depends on the underlying disease. However, pts on the ventilator are more likely to develop certain complications such as pneumonia. ...Read more

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How long can a patient survive on a ventilator?

How long can a patient survive on a ventilator?

Depends: Some patients with chronic neurologic conditions such as ALS (lou gehrigs dz.) can survive for years. If a patient goes on the ventilator for an acute reason like pneumonia, then the longer the patient is on the ventilator the more complications there are. ...Read more

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How long can a person be on a ventilator in the icu?

As long as necessary: Or until they are better or expire. ...Read more

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How long can a newborn baby be on a ventilator without getting any permanent side effects?

How long can a newborn baby be on a ventilator without getting any permanent side effects?

Usually...: Usually it's the need for ventilation (disease or prematurity) that is responsible for most of the complications. ...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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If a person is on a ventilator, and does not have a trachea, how long do hospitals (namely icu's) allow this?

If a person is on a ventilator, and does not have a trachea, how long do hospitals (namely icu's) allow this?

Tracheotomy: I am assuming you are asking about a tracheotomy or tracheostomy. If the person is expected to be on a ventilator long term or has been on the it long term (> 2 weeks) usually a "trach" is done. Sometimes, a trach is done initially if there are airway issues. A trach allows the person to be more comfortable, allows easier nursing care, and prevent future airway complications. ...Read more

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How long does someone need to be on the ventilator thing before a doctor can declare them "brain-dead"?

How long does someone need to be on the ventilator thing before a doctor can declare them "brain-dead"?

It. Depends : It depends on some clinical tests and brain scan and EEG to decide if someone is brain-dead. Ventilator is just there to support breathing. If someone is brain-dead then ventilator can be discontinued anytime when doctors are sure! ...Read more

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Is it possible to live on a ventilator forever with respiratory failure?

No one lives forever: One could live many years on a ventilator with a tracheostomy (hole in the neck) depending on the cause and other factors, but its not without its complications, and quality of life must come into play. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to live on a ventilator with respiratory failure forever?

Can it be possible for you to live on a ventilator with respiratory failure forever?

Respiratory failure: The simple answer is yes. It's like being on dialysis when you have Kidney failure. The ventilator does the work and your lung exchange the oxygen and carbon dioxide. You have to provide the ventilation and oxygen needed. Example of long term ventilator patients include ALS or end stage Emphysema. ...Read more

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What does a ventilator do?

What does a ventilator do?

Ventilator: It is a machine that breaths for you or helps you breathe when you cannot do so yourself due to critical illness. ...Read more

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What exactly is a non-invasive ventilator?

What exactly is a non-invasive ventilator?

Without tube: We can help patients breath using a ventilator. Usually we place a tube in the trachea and attach the ventilator.
We also can use a special mask (CPAP or bipap) without a tube to attach to a ventilator. Generally we use this method in patients who are more stable or refuse invasive procedures. ...Read more

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I need to know what is ventilator asynchrony?

I need to know what is ventilator asynchrony?

Patient-ventilator: I am sure the one you are talking about is when the patient is taking breaths and the ventilator is pushing pressure or air. It results in increased pressures in the lungs and can cause barotrauma. (there is also that one that we use separate ventilation for each lung.) we want the patient breath and the ventilator breath to recycle and synchronize with each other. Space too short to fully explain. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a non-invasive ventilator?

BIPAP: Basically, it's a ventilator that doesn't require a tube inserted into your wind pipe.

One common example is bipap. ...Read more

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What happens after someone is taken off a ventilator?

What happens after someone is taken off a ventilator?

Breathes on own: Ventilator 'breathes' for you. If taken off, you are on your own! If you are not treated yet of the primary disease condition, lungs may not be able to sustain and you might die. ...Read more

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Does being put on a ventilator mean you are going to die?

Does being put on a ventilator mean you are going to die?

Maybe not.: People are placed on ventilators for several reasons. Some patients are too sleepy to breathe (as in an overdose of medications), and are supported briefly on ventilators. However, they are also used for severe lung and heart diseases when breathing fails. Sometimes the underlying disease is treatable, and sometimes not. Really depends on why the person is on the machine. Talk to the doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for a severe restrictive ventilator defect?

What can be done for a severe restrictive ventilator defect?

No one answer: That depends on the cause. Sometimes this is caused by lung disease, for which there is often no treatment. Sometimes caused by obesity, sometimes it's caused by neuromuscular disease. ...Read more

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What does the ventilator have to read before you can take it off?

What does the ventilator have to read before you can take it off?

Nothing particular: Ventilator readings are preset by the physician... So it does what it is programmed to do. You take it off on the basis of oxygen levels in the blood and pateint's ability to breath on his/her own. ...Read more

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Can a neurally adjusted ventilator assist (nava) be used on an adult?

NAVA: From the studies I reviewed, subjects less than 18 years of age were excluded from the study. ...Read more

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What is the differences between a ventilato and a non-invasive ventilator?

Several: A non-invasive ventilator requires a mask, and will help patient breath easier
a ventilator requires patient to breath through a tube. Then the patient is very sick & was intubated in order to preserve his life & keep breathing.
Nowadays non-invasive vents just get almost all the soffistication from big ventilators from hospitals. ...Read more

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What are the percentage of people survival after the ventilator is turned off.

Hard to say.: Depends entirely upon the underlying disease and the patient. Your doc knows the answer to this. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the differences between a ventilator, and a non-invasive ventilator?

I want to know what is the differences between a ventilator, and a non-invasive ventilator?

How it is delivered: A ventilator is a machine to deliver air with oxygen to a patient's lungs. It can deliver this air/oxygen mixture either by a tube in the throat, whereby it is called invasive ventilation. If the air/oxygen mixture is delivered by a tight-fitting mask, then it is non-invasive ventilation.

What is "invading" the patient is the delivery device. Both are effective. ...Read more

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Wht mean by ventilator associated phenemonia?

Wht mean by ventilator associated phenemonia?

VAP...: Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a pneumonia in a patient who is on a ventilator, usually for a few days or longer. A sputum culture is sent to the lab and antibiotics are used in treatment. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

What are the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Ventilator...: Ventilator associated pneumonia occurs when a person has a tube in place that goes into their airway and connects to a ventilator. This allows bacteria to enter the lungs from the outside. Prevention strategies include good oral hygiene, GERD therapy and getting the tube out as quickly as possible. A chest x-ray can confirm the diagnosis and antibiotics treat it after sputum culture is sent to lab ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if it's my fault my dad is on a ventilator?

Can you please tell me if it's my fault my dad is on a ventilator?

Probably not.: Obviously, I don't know what's going on specifically, but you should talk to your dad's doctors and nurses. There can be a lot of emotion and guilt when a patient is admitted to the icu, and if you are having trouble dealing with it you should ask for help. Most icus have counselors, social workers, or pastoral care staff that can assist you, but they may not know you need them if you don't ask. ...Read more

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What are the chances of recovering, if the patient is on an icu ventilator?

What are the chances of recovering, if the patient is on an icu ventilator?

Depends: The chances of recovery really depend on why the patient was placed on the ventilator in the first place. If the patient has severe lung disease and required the vent, chances may be poor. There are some instances however when patients can come off the ventilator fairly easily. ...Read more

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What do the sounds on a ventilator mean?

What do the sounds on a ventilator mean?

which sounds?: I'm not sure which sounds you mean. There is a sound when the ventilator is pushing air in the lung and when the air is exhaled. Also, ventilators do have alarms that can go off for various reasons including high pressure, slow respiratory rate, low volumes, etc. ...Read more