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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
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
My mom, 78, got trach a week ago. Her ventilator is in PS mode, PS=4, PEEP=4,
The setting is low, however, she cannot be weaned off from this setting?
Patience: She may need better nutritional status, control of any ongoing infections, and adequate muscle, cardiac and kidney function before weaning is possible. Her critical care team should be addressing these issues through medications, volume status, physical therapy and nutritional support. Be patient. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
My mom is in icu right now with a ventilator to help her breathe. How hard is to wean someone off a ventilator?
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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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
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
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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