In simple terms, mechanical ventilation is the use of a machine to inflate and deflate lungs whose own ventilatory abilities are diminished or lost.
Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) involves the use of a nasal or face mask to supply ventilatory support. A ventilator machine (air pump) delivers air to your lungs using positive pressure, and helps keep your small airways and the air sacs in the lungs open and inflated. The ventilator assists you when you breathe, working with you not against you.
HOW DOES A VENTILATOR MACHINE HELP?
Dependent on setting, the ventilator either automatically recognises when you have started to breathe in and assists with/supports each breath, or will initiate breathing for you. This in turn allows you to take in more air each breath and delivers this to your lungs. You will also be able to get rid of the waste products of breathing more readily when exhaling and will feel less breathless. ‘Non-Invasive’ simply means that this process is achieved using a mask.
The mask used fits either over your nose alone, or over both the nose and mouth. A strap holds the mask firmly in place but it can easily be removed to take a drink or to enable you to move away from the machine should you wish to go to the toilet etc.
This system reduces the work of breathing and ensures that your respiratory requirements are met. Baywater Healthcare supplies a range of ventilator machines for both hospital and home use, with nasal and full-face masks.