What is Ventilator?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Pulmonetic LTV 950 Trilogy 100 Ventilator Pulmonetic LTV 900 Show all

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A ventilator is a machine designed to move breatheable air into and out of the lungs, to provide respiration for a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently due to illness such as ALS, acute respiratory distress; often used in some surgical procedures and in the ICU.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 29 4
General health 18 1
Breathing difficulty 17 6
Shallow breathing 4 1
ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) 3 2
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 3 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 3
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ventilator

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 1
Coma 1
Partially obstructed airway 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ventilator

Dosage Patients
24 hr daily 4
all the time (24/7) 2
daily 2
2 hr daily 1
9 hr daily 1
16 hr daily 1
20 hr all the time (24/7) 1
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Ventilator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 8
Other 3
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Duration

Currently using Ventilator

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 6

Stopped using Ventilator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 15
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 12
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2 patient evaluations for Ventilator

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Cagedbrd
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Cagedbrd
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 27
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See Cagedbrd's full Ventilator history

Jul 23, 2013 (Started Jul 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anaphylaxis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Kept me alive and helped my breathing

  • 0 helpful marks
alperstein
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alperstein
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See alperstein's full Ventilator history

Nov 9, 2010 (Started Feb 04, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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