You are probably wondering what is a ventilator ?
"A ventilator, also known as a respirator, is the equipment used to mechanically assist breathing by delivering air to the lungs. Many people may be familiar with ventilators in the hospital setting, such as the ICU, where large complex acute care ventilators are used. The ventilators used in the home are small, lightweight and portable; they can be mounted on wheelchairs or carts or put on a bedside stand. Most of these operate on household electric current – some have internal batteries – and can be operated with external batteries. It is advisable to have a backup battery or even a generator readily available in case of power outages or emergencies."
Things to consider when choosing the ventilator Alesia:
- Needs have all the ventilation mode I will need: Control, Assist/Control, SIMV, CPAP, BIPAP, NPPV
- Needs to know several breath types: Volume Control, Pressure Control, Pressure Support, Spontaneous
- Need to be able to provide the required parameters for my weight and age (tidal volume starting with 50ml, appropriate pressure)
- Due to the small air volumes have to be possible to connect to small diameter tubes
- Have to be small and portable enough NOT to keep me in one room because I'm hopping that I will be able to move around the house some day.
- Need to have technical assistance available for failure cases and periodic inspections
- Need to have easy available the consumables (tubes, filters)
- Have to be quiet
- Have to be affordable for my parents, although A LOT of help has been already received from friends - THANK YOU!