Imagine you are being released from the hospital and your doctor assigns you home medical equipment to support recovery. Or maybe you are a sleep patient who has tried other types of CPAP equipment and now your doctor wants you to try something new. This equipment is most often a ventilator. But perhaps you want to know more about what it actually does. Read on.
In the most basic definition, a ventilator is a machine that supports breathing. At one time, these machines were used exclusively in hospitals. They originated as tool for breathing support during surgery when patients are under general anesthesia, and has since evolved to support treatment for serious lung diseases or other conditions that affects normal breathing. While often used for treatment, ventilators are not a cure.
Ventilators blow air with extra oxygen into the airways and then into the lungs of patients through a breathing tube. One end of the tube is inserted into the windpipe, and the other end is attached to the ventilator. The breathing tube serves as an airway by letting air and oxygen from the ventilator flow into the lungs. The ventilator uses positive pressure to blow a mixture of gases into the lungs. Ventilators force the breath in, but most allow patients to exhale on their own.
Ventilators also come with medicine that allows the patient to be comfortable while using it. Aeroflow Healthcare offers ventilator machines and medicines for both adult and pediatric use. Patients value the use of ventilators at home because it reduces medical expenses by avoiding extended hospital stays and re-admissions. If you or a loved one is looking for ventilator support to improve quality of life, contact Aeroflow Healthcare at 888-345-1780 or visit us online at respiratory.aeroflowinc.com.