A portable ventilator is a machine that helps patients breathe when suffering from respiratory illnesses.
A portable ventilator is a machine that helps patients breathe when suffering from respiratory illnesses. These little devices can be used at home or carried to other locations. These machines can gently push air in and out of the lungs as needed. Pressure sensors on the portable ventilator can alert a patient and deliver air if a breath is interrupted.
People with sleep apnea often need to sleep with a fan.
The portable fan is typically square and has a long section of plastic tube that extends from the bottom of the machine. This tube is placed in the mouth so that the air is released. If the device is mainly used at night, there will be a mask at the end of the plastic tube. Masks are held in place with tight elastic bands. A portable fan usually runs on a battery, so it can be moved easily.
Ambulances are equipped with portable ventilators for emergency situations.
These fans can have a variety of functions. In order to provide the patient with significant airflow, the respiratory rate and tidal volume must be measured to ensure that there is no over-inflation or under-inflation. Airway pressure is also measured so that the correct amount of air is distributed through the lungs. Functions may differ depending on the purpose of the portable fan.
A patient can be placed on a portable ventilator for the journey from the operating room to the hospital room.
A percentage of patients who use a portable ventilator may only need it for a short time after a specific surgery or injury. It may be necessary indefinitely if the patient has a chronic illness. Patients suffering from muscle ailments may be physically unable to breathe deeply enough. Illnesses or illnesses that cause severe inflammation in the lungs can make breathing difficult. Occasionally, a patient may only need a portable ventilator overnight.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient stops breathing during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can be fatal. When this happens, the patient may stop breathing during sleep. Long pauses between breaths can interrupt the natural flow of air within the lungs and cause the patient to gasp for air. A portable ventilator can measure the pressure within the lungs and provide much-needed airflow for sleep apnea sufferers. If a person with this condition does not receive adequate air circulation, sleep apnea can result in loss of oxygen to the brain.