Mechanical ventilators are used by patients of all ages who are unable to breathe normally, from premature infants to adults.
Though ventilators are common in hospitals and other healthcare settings, many are also used for home therapy. These home care ventilators often have noninvasive capabilities, meaning they assist breathing without inserting a tube into the patient’s throat to create an artificial airway.
Most people have no experience caring for someone who needs mechanical ventilation at home. Preparing for home care can be overwhelming. For that reason, the patient and caregiver will receive training in the hospital before going home. Here are tips to prepare for the transition to home ventilation.
Knowing how to set up a home ventilation system will ensure a smooth transition, for both the patient and the caregiver. The following guidelines will help prepare for home equipment, arrange emergency support and organize supplies with the goal of making the patient as comfortable as possible.