Being on a ventilator is a tough phase for everyone including the patient, his caregivers, family members, and loved ones. People who can’t breathe on their own are provided with life-sustaining oxygen through mechanical ventilators. The ventilation process requires diligent care from medical personnel and other caregivers.
Sometimes people bring the patients back home because they want to give them special attention which is otherwise impossible. They set up all the medical equipments and accessories in the home for patients.
Often people look to buy a brand new ventilator for medical care of their loved ones, which could cost a fortune. On the other side, the refurbished ventilator is an affordable solution to handle the situation.
We have made a list of worth-mentioning matters and things that everyone should know if their loved one is on a ventilator. These things are listed below:
What is a ventilator?
A ventilator is a health care machine that helps a patient breathe with the help of a mechanical process. It is also used to administer the supply of oxygen to a patient. It is also called a respirator and breathing machine.
Patients having difficulties breathing normally are helped with mechanical ventilation through a ventilator. Patients on a ventilator are dosed with sedatives to put them on sleep so the body stays on rest and heal itself.
The ventilator pushes the air into the lungs while the inhaling process and then allows air to come out of the lungs. With mechanical ventilation process through a ventilator without letting the bodywork for breathing.
Knowing the breathing tube:
Also termed as an endotracheal tube in the medical field. This tube is inserted in the air passageway of the respiratory tract through the mouth or nose. This tube allows the air to flow through the lungs. It is often used in situations when a patient fails to maintain their air passageway for the normal breathing process.
This inability to maintain the air passageway might happen because of severe illness or accident. And they can’t breathe with assistance or on their own. There are generally three types of breathing or endotracheal tube:
- Orotracheal tube is placed in the mouth.
- The nasotracheal tube is located in any of both nostrils of the nose to maintain the air passageway
- A tracheostomy is an opening into the trachea and it is inserted by performing a minor surgical incision in the neck area.
The requirement of ventilator:
It is also necessary to know when it is mandatory to use a ventilator. A patient might need ventilator support when his lungs are unable to breathe for him. Lungs might be unable to supply substantial oxygen proportion to the brain, blood, and body. This usually happens in the following cases:
Dosed with anesthesia:
A patient who is about to go through a surgical process might need general anesthesia which could hinder the ability of a person to breathe on his own. A breathing tube might be used and linked to a ventilator while the patient is under the effect of anesthesia. When a patient comes out of this phase the breathing tube is removed and the ventilator support is terminated. After a short time, the patients under the effect of general anesthesia come back to normal and breathe on their own.
Patients having a tough time with their health can become weak due to less food intake and other limitations. These patients can become too weak because of the severe illness which could ultimately hinder their ability to breathe well enough in order to provide the required oxygen proportion to the body and brain.
This could be a really critical situation. This is where they need ventilator support. A ventilator is supposed to perform the function of breathing without taking any effort from the body. This allows the body to rest and heal itself properly. This would help them in recovering sooner and easily.
After the surgical process and severe illness:
In some cases, patients might need ventilator support after a surgery or illness if breathing tube is installed. Patients with lung problems COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or open-heart surgery might require ventilator support for proper intake and supply of oxygen.
As a result of severe accidents:
If a person goes through trauma or receives serious injuries because of an accident, his lungs may not work after this for some time. A ventilator is required to perform the breathing function for patients until they are able to breathe on their own and carry out respiratory function with ease.
Communication and intake of food during ventilator support:
Some patients might feel frustrated or anxious because of the inability to communicate with their loved ones. A person can’t talk when he/she is on ventilator support. However, relatives of a patient can try to talk to him/her as they normally do, this would help in reducing the anxiety of a patient who is on ventilator support.
There is no need to worry about the food intake of a patient who is on ventilator support. He/she would receive the necessary food and nourishment with the help of IV (Intravenous) or feeding tube while being on a ventilator.
We have discussed some important things to consider and care about when your loved one is on a ventilator. We hope this could be useful for you. You can also guide other people about it.
Happy healthy life!