The goal for patients living with a ventilator is to live a full life, and, if not to return to spontaneous breathing, then to live well with ventilator support. Ventilator types, daily activities, complications and caregiver support can have a positive effect on patient experience. Many patients cope well with a ventilator, and manage exceptional independence during treatment.
Mechanical ventilation and quality of life depends on the patient's state of mind and medical condition. Having a positive attitude is one aspect within the patient’s control.
For example, most patients with scoliosis who are also undergoing ventilation report a high quality of daily life. Patients with a tracheostomy say that living with a ventilator is at least as good as that of patients with noninvasive ventilation.
Infection and illness can be challenging for the ventilator patient. For that reason, minimizing unnecessary exposure to germs is essential.
The mechanically ventilated patient is at increased risk of illness, such as pneumonia, because artificial airways bypass the body's defenses against inhaled germs and offer new routes for non-airborne bacteria.