Even though you may not be aware of the technicalities related to ventilators, but everyone knows that putting the patient on the ventilator means the matter has become a bit more complicated. But this also does not mean that the patient’s hope of recovery is over. It helps the patient in recovery. And as soon as the patient is out of danger, the ventilator is removed. In such a situation, you would also like to know when the ventilator is needed after all? What is its role in recovery from illness? What does being put on a ventilator indicate? So let’s know.
How ventilator works
According to the NIH, the ventilator works by delivering oxygen directly to the lungs and removing carbon dioxide from the body. Which the patient’s body is unable to do on its own in critical condition. The ventilator delivers oxygen through a tube that is inserted through the patient’s nose or mouth. The opposite end of the tube is connected to a machine (ventilator) that pumps a mixture of air and oxygen through the tube and into the lungs. The air is heated and humidified before it enters the machine body. The ventilator further plays an important role in maintaining positive air pressure, which helps prevent the small air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs from collapsing.
When is ventilator needed?
Many conditions such as pneumonia, COPD, brain injury and stroke require the use of ventilators. or have a disease or condition that impairs lung function, requiring a ventilator. Apart from this, ventilators are also used for patients given anesthesia during general surgery.
For how many days can I be kept on ventilator?
How many days the patient will be kept on the ventilator depends on the condition of the patient. Some are kept for only an hour or two, while in some cases patients remain on ventilator for years. Simply put, it depends on your lungs, if they are able to breathe on their own, then life support is removed.
Does the ventilator cure the patient?
If you also think that ventilator works to cure the patient then you are wrong. The ventilator only helps the patient with breathing, the first condition for survival. That is, it helps the lungs to work.
How much is the patient expected to recover
According to a report published in Pubmed, about 43.9% of the patients who were on ventilator for an average of 4 weeks in the study died in the hospital. None of the patients discharged from the hospital could initially return home without assistance. More than 50% of the patients died 6 months after discharge.
Disadvantages of Ventilator
According to Webmd, there are some disadvantages to using a ventilator. In this, infection and lung damage are prominent. The windpipe in your airways can let bacteria in that infect the small air sacs in the walls of your lungs. In addition, the tube makes it harder to remove debris that can irritate your lungs and lead to infection. Along with this, the oxygen reaching the body from the ventilator can be bad for your lungs. If the force or volume of air is too high, or if your lungs are too weak, it can damage your lung tissue.
Be prepared if a loved one is on life support
First of all, it is important for you to know that the presence of big machines in the body does not mean that your loved ones are in great pain. The patient experiences little or no pain on the ventilator. So whenever you go to meet them, do not bother seeing them at all. And don’t say anything that bothers them.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always contact your doctor for more details.