Non-invasive ventilators have come as a big relief to the medical facilities overwhelmed with COVID-19.
FREMONT, CA: COVID patients have shown different degrees of severity. While some patients are displaying extreme symptoms, others are only afflicted with mild ones. Difficulty in breathing is one of the critical symptoms and requires serious medical attention. In people with co-morbidities, breathlessness has proved to be a risk to life. Ventilators have played a key role in supporting these patients. But ventilators have fallen short as the number of patients has increased rapidly. Non-invasive ventilation is a viable alternative in this scenario.
Non-invasive devices are easier to manufacture and use. While conventional ventilators involve the use of tubes that need to be inserted into the trachea to support breathing, non-invasive ventilators can support breathing through masks and mouthpieces. Therefore, in the case of patients who have mild to moderate symptoms, the non-invasive alternative is being touted as the better one. A non-invasive procedure can work well to provide oxygen supplementation and does not cause any compromises.
As countries across the world face a shortage of medical supplies and run out of critical health infrastructure, the health industry should look to adopt innovations. Non-invasive ventilators can take the burden off hospitals and COVID wards. Even scientific studies have highlighted the benefits and effectiveness of opting for the non-invasive device. National and international regulatory bodies have already issued guidelines for the use of non-invasive ventilators in COVID treatment. Medical device manufacturers are now stepping up production speeds to deliver the critical instruments.
Not only are these non-invasive ventilators of critical value in mitigating COVID-19, but these will also strengthen health infrastructure in the long run. If the world does have to face another crippling pandemic like COVID-19 again, enhanced ventilation capabilities will prove to be a great help.