Comfort in your own home
It is much more common than it once was to use a respiratory ventilator in the home. With a little training and practice, it’s easy to learn how to use one of these machines effectively. Even people with spinal injuries, or those dependent on a ventilator, can be treated at home, rather than in a clinic or hospital.
Respiratory ventilators can support healthy breathing as part of CPAP treatment. Mechanical ventilation, at home or in a healthcare setting, helps assist people to breathe properly. Depending on the condition of the patient, it can help support normal breathing or completely control it.
With continuous positive airway pressure ventilation (CPAP), all breathing is initiated by the patient. The machine doesn't deliver mandatory breaths. It just assists with breathing and delivers what has been determined for the individual by a doctor or healthcare professional.
The ventilator will be set with the Assist Control or SIMV (synchronised intermittent mechanical ventilation) / CPAP mode (Continuous positive airway pressure ventilation). Other settings include the breath rate; the tidal volume, or how much air is given in each breath; the inspiratory time, which determines how fast the tidal volume is delivered; the oxygen rate; and the sensitivity, which will determine how much breathing support is given (full support or assistance only). All of these are determined by your doctor or respiratory therapist.
The aim of all treatment is to make breathing easy and make the process as straightforward as possible.