Mechanical ventilation, in the healthcare setting or home, helps patients breathe by assisting the inhalation of oxygen into the lungs and the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Depending on the patient’s condition, mechanical ventilation can help support or completely control breathing.
Both the patient and caregiver should know about how the home care ventilator works.
The mechanical ventilator assists the patient’s breathing, depending on the needs of the patient. For patients who need the greatest amount of assistance, the ventilator fully controls the volume and duration of breath throughout the respiration cycle.
Anyone who has difficulty breathing normally, either because of acute disease or chronic condition, may need to use mechanical ventilation. This can include patients who have suffered a stroke, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorder or other illness, as well as the elderly.