At Wilson Care Group, we offer a number of different home care services to residents in Hawaii. As part of our home care services, we offer patients ventilator care services. For years, it was very uncommon for someone to live at home while on a ventilator. However, times have changed and now people who are on ventilators can live at home as long as there is someone there to help care for them and operate the ventilator. Now, we understand that some of you may be wondering what a ventilator is, so before we go into the specifics of operating an at-home ventilator, we are going to talk a little bit about what a ventilator is and why someone might need one.
What Is a Ventilator?
A ventilator is a machine that moves air through a person’s lungs if they are unable to breathe on their own. The ventilator is attached to a trach tube in the patient’s throat and it blows air in the person’s lungs. The ventilator assists with breathing by helping the diaphragm, as well as the abdominal and rib muscles to move. Ventilators include several different settings and alarms and every patient’s ventilator utilizes specific settings that are unique to that person’s needs.
Why Would Someone Need A Ventilator?
Often times, people with a spinal cord injury will require a ventilator. Our spinal cords and nerves help control breathing, so when someone has sustained an injury to this part of the body, he can lose his ability to breathe on his own. The patient’s physical condition and level of injury will directly affect how well he can breathe, as well as the required level of ventilator care.
If your loved one requires at home ventilator care, then please do not hesitate to contact our team at Wilson Care Group. We provide all of our patients with outstanding, professional care.