A ventilator (VEN-til-a-tor) is a machine that supports breathing. These machines mainly are used in hospitals.
- Get Oxygen into the Lungs.
- Remove Carbon Dioxide from the Body. (Carbon Dioxide is a Toxic Waste Gas)
- Help People Breathe Easier.
- Breathe for People who have lost all Ability to Breathe on their Own.
A ventilator often is used for short periods, such as during surgery when you’re under general anesthesia (AN-es-THE-ze-ah). The term “anesthesia” refers to a loss of feeling and awareness. General anesthesia temporarily puts you to sleep.
The medicines used to induce anesthesia can disrupt normal breathing. A ventilator helps make sure that you continue breathing during surgery.
When is a Ventilator Used?
A ventilator also may be used during treatment for a serious lung disease or other condition that affects normal breathing.
Some people may need to use ventilators long term or for the rest of their lives. In these cases the machines can be used outside of the hospital, in long-term care facilities, or at home under expert advice.
A ventilator is used for life support, it doesn’t treat a disease or condition.
Patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are of increasing complexity and often require ventilatory support. A deep understanding of respiratory physiology and the interactions between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems is essential.
Ventilatory support should be tailored to the specific patient condition, ensuring effective minute ventilation, reducing work of breathing and minimizing adverse hemodynamic effects. The weaning process can stress the cardiovascular system and cardiac failure is a common cause of failure to wean. Identification of patients likely to fail and prompt pre-emptive intervention is crucial for successful weaning and avoiding complications related to prolonged mechanical ventilation. The caring Physician, Super Specialist will decide the course of action best suited for you. Rest assured you are in safe hands.