Ventilators are breathing aids that help people suffering from respiratory problems. Ventilators come in various styles, including noninvasive and intrusive, and give different levels of assistance.
Fremont, CA: When people have respiratory failure, they need to be ventilated. During respiratory failure, a person may not be able to acquire enough oxygen and may struggle to eliminate carbon dioxide. It's a potentially fatal ailment. In both hospitals and ambulances, ventilators serve a critical role in saving lives. They can also be used at home by people who require long-term ventilation. There are multiple types of ventilators, each of which gives varying levels of assistance. The patient's condition determines the type of ventilation a doctor prescribes.
The types of ventilators are:
Face mask ventilator: This type of ventilator is a noninvasive way to help someone breathe and get sufficient oxygen. When a person puts on a face mask ventilator, it covers their nose and mouth and blows air into their lungs and airways. If a patient has COVID-19 and has trouble breathing or enough oxygen, they may need to use a face mask ventilator.
Mechanical Ventilator: Mechanical ventilators are able to completely automate the breathing process. Doctors usually prescribe this ventilator when a patient is unable to breathe on their own. Mechanical ventilators work by pumping air into the lungs and removing carbon dioxide through a tube in the person's neck.
Manual resuscitator bags: Manual resuscitator bags allow people to manually control the airflow of their ventilator. An empty bag or bladder is squeezed hard to push air into the lungs in these devices. One can attach one of these devices to a face mask ventilator, or a doctor can attach one to the tube in their throat if they are intubated. If a person on a mechanical ventilator needs to avoid using it, this can be a temporary solution.
Tracheostomy ventilator: A ventilator is required for people who have had a tracheostomy. A tracheostomy is a technique in which the doctor makes a hole in the windpipe and inserts a tube that allows air to pass through. This allows a person to breathe without having to use their mouth or nose. This hole can also be used to provide ventilator support to people who have had tracheostomies. Doctors place a ventilator directly into the windpipe rather than through the mouth.