What is Non-Invasive Ventilation?
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is a treatment to help you with your breathing. If your breathing becomes difficult, it can lead to a build-up of carbon dioxide and the oxygen is getting into your blood is not enough.
It provides support to the lungs through a mask and a ventilator machine. The mask will be chosen to fit you and the machine will be set specifically for your needs.
Advantages of Home Based Ventilation
- Reducing the risk of contracting a hospital infection
- Improved nutrition, adaptable to patient’s needs
- Less costly
- Home/family atmosphere which improves the patient’s psychology and attitude towards the illness
- Increased willingness for rehabilitation
The machine does not do the breathing for you. It gently boosts each breath in and out to reduce the work that you have to do. It can feel a bit strange or even uncomfortable to begin with. However, most people find that they get used to it fairly quickly.
Benefits of Non-invasive ventilation (NIV)
NIV Can improve sleep quality leading to better energy and concentration levels during the day.
It can help you to be able to perform more of your daily tasks and it may decrease the likelihood of being admitted to the hospital.
Modes of Invasive Ventilation?
Controlled IV: the respiratory flow rate is irrespective of the patient’s respiratory efforts. The volume and respiratory rate are adjusted according to the patient’s needs
Assisted IV: the patient initiates the breath and the ventilator assists each breath based on the rate setting.