Medical Ventilator / Home Care Ventilator in Singapore
Medical ventilator is an oxygen machine that is commonly used in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that assists the respiratory muscles in the work of breathing and to improve gas exchange for the patient.
What are the different types of mechanical ventilation
There are 2 types of mechanical ventilation :
- Invasive Ventilation
- Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV)
Whats are the common modes for Invasive Ventilation
Some of the common modes for Invasive Ventilation includes
- Assist Control (AC)
- Synchronised Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (SIMV)
- Pressure Control
- Pressure Support Ventilation (PSV)
What are the common modes for Non Invasive Ventilation
While some of the common modes for Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV) includes :
When do I need to use a Ventilator ?
Normally patients do not require to use a ventilator at home unless they have medical conditions such as sleep apnea
unless they have underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Is a home ventilator the same as an ICU ventilator ?
Home ventilators are often considered for short duration of use such as patients with sleep apnea where patient use these breathing machines only when they sleep.
However ventilators used in hospital’s ICU (“ ICU ventilators”) are life support machines that patients will need to use for a prolonged period of time to help the patient to breathe.
How do I care for a ventilated patient?
That depends on the airway for the patient.
Some patients may be discharged with a tracheostomy where there is an opening created at the front of the neck so a tube can be inserted into the windpipe and connected to a ventilator to help the patient to breathe or in some cases where patients are for terminal discharge from the hospital with a ET tube to go back home to pass on.
Most importantly when providing care to the patient, the caregiver must ensure that the airway is clear by performing suctioning when necessary.
Feel free to contact our 24/7 helpline at 6100 8260 should you require a nurse to assist you to care for the patient.
Who can I contact for rental of a mechanical ventilator or transport a patient on a ventilator in Singapore?
Feel free to contact our 24/7 helpline at 6100 8260 should you require to rent a ventilator or require a transport of a patient on a ventilator.