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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 breath 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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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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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

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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 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 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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Can someone on ventilator get elevated carboxyhemoglobin levels?

Can someone on ventilator get elevated carboxyhemoglobin levels?

Not from vent: They may be on the ventilator because of elevated carboxy hb levels and associated problems as some patients exposed to a fire and smoke inhalation might be. The vent itself does not cause this. ...Read more

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What can happen if I wake up on a ventilator after a minor operation?

What can happen if I wake up on a ventilator after a minor operation?

Minor discomfort: Unless you have significant heart, lung or other disease, you should be able to get off the ventilator immediately or shortly after any surgery. ...Read more

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Could coming off ventilator onto tracheostomy mean she's getting better?

Could coming off ventilator onto tracheostomy mean she's getting better?

Tracheostomy: Oftentimes, you're correct; however, you should discuss the exact circumstances and prognosis with the healthcare team. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Please help! What is the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Risk factors...: Ventilator-associated pneumonia risk factors include the presence of oral bacteria, gastroesophageal reflux, interruption of the ventilator circuit, meds that decrease stomach acidity, prolonged oral/nasal intubation, etc. Various measures are taken to prevent this including weaning from mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible, keeping the head of the bed raised, good oral hygiene, etc. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a baby breathing on his own after being on ventilator?

What are the chances of a baby breathing on his own after being on ventilator?

Depends...: Whether or not a baby on a ventilator will breathe on its own depends on many factors including the reason why the baby is on a vent, the age of the baby, development of the baby, whether or not the baby is improving, comorbidities, etc. But, there are lots of babies who are successfully liberated from the ventilator but need to know more specifics about the individual baby to predict! ...Read more

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Is it possible to revive someone who nearly died from taking off a ventilator?

Is it possible to revive someone who nearly died from taking off a ventilator?

Yes: It depends upon several things, time off ventilator, duration of anoxia, and underlying conditions such as heart, ie myocardial infarction, etc. ...Read more

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I want to my life to end peacefully without ventilators and machines! Is there a painless way to do it?

This sounds like: An active plan. If you are thinking of ending your life get to the er now! ...Read more

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My dad is on ventilator, fluid, pneumonia, what to do?

My dad is on ventilator, fluid, pneumonia, what to do?

Expectant waiting: Leave it to the health care practitioners and if you believe in prayers do so. Keep yourself strong so others will do the same. Talk to your dad even if sleeping, he may hear you and have more strength. Talk to the doctors and nurses and be updated time and again. ...Read more

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What are optimal ventilator settings for premature babies?

What are optimal ventilator settings for premature babies?

As needed: Vent settings are those required by the infant at the time by the factors involved. The pressures must be high enough to inflate the lung tissue and cycle often enough to remove co2. Fine tuning is done within the parameters set by the physician at the beside. ...Read more

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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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Hospital delirium after ventilator, should I be concerned?

Hospital delirium after ventilator, should I be concerned?

Yes and no: Really depends on how fast you recovered. 49 year olds who recover quickly from a delirious episode usually do well. Longer, scrappy episodes are a bit more concerning. Also depends whether this was a sedative withdrawal delirium ("expected") or acute brain failure delirium. Different pathogenesis for these two creatures unfortunately named identically as the DSM-5 crew is "extra-mature". ...Read more

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Dad, 74, admitted since 26.8.2010 after catheterization, is drowsy, on ventilator, no identified cause.?

Dad, 74, admitted since 26.8.2010 after catheterization, is drowsy, on ventilator, no identified cause.?

Stroke?: One thing to think about after a cath is strokes. Might want to check a head ct or evaluation with a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the time period for a person to be on a ventilator for copd?

What is the time period for a person to be on a ventilator for copd?

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 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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Grandfather can't breathe without ventilator, what to do?

Grandfather can't breathe without ventilator, what to do?

What are his wishes?: Did you GF ever give anyone an idea of his wishes in various circumstances? (unable to breathe without machine, unable to eat without feeding tube). If yes, then follow your GF directives, even if it means withdrawing the ventilator. His doctor will make sure there is no suffering. If there is no directive, then you will need to discuss goals of his care with his healthcare providers. ...Read more

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Would could cause a high pressure alarm to sound on a ventilator?

Would could cause a high pressure alarm to sound on a ventilator?

Many things: Many things can cause high pressure alarm to sound on the ventilator, including secretions in the tube or lungs, pt fighting ventilator (trying to breathe out when ventilator is pushing air in), pt biting on tube, poor lung compliance, poor chest wall compliance. ...Read more

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Should a ventilator be used if they are in the last stages of copd?

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 more