Depending on the patient’s condition, a ventilator can either partly support a patient’s breathing or breathe entirely for the patient.
Ventilation can be administered invasively or noninvasively. Ventilators can help with or provide breaths that are volume or pressure-controlled.
Noninvasive ventilation is administered through a mask over the mouth and / or nose, a simple mouthpiece, or nasal pillows/prongs.1 A harness or system of straps secures the mask to the patient’s face to keep it in place during ventilation.
Noninvasive ventilation is frequently used for chronic respiratory failure due to respiratory diseases (such as COPD) and neuromuscular diseases.
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