A mechanical ventilator is a life supporting piece of medical equipment that helps a patient breathe when he or she would have great difficulty doing so otherwise. Ventilation is often administered through a hole in the windpipe, called a tracheostomy, for maximum efficiency and patient comfort. While mechanical ventilation is generally commenced in a hospital setting, many patients recover to the degree that they are discharged while still using a ventilator. For this reason, smaller, more portable ventilators have been designed for easy home use.
Although you may at first feel intimidated by the prospect of owning and operating such a complex and vital piece of equipment, Independence Plus’ licensed respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) will guide you throughout the entire process. While you are still in the hospital, you will be evaluated by an RCP and allowed to try out the ventilator you will be using in the home. Practicing its operation while under professional supervision is empowering and can help you receive prompt answers to all of your questions.
Once you and your caregivers feel comfortable operating your home ventilator, your equipment needs will be evaluated and all the supplies and machinery will be sent to your home. There, they will be set up by a licensed RCP. Should you or your caregivers encounter any difficulties after your transition back home, you can speak with an on-call clinician at any time of the day or night. In addition, your RCP will visit every month to provide follow-up care and furnish fresh respiratory supplies.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a licensed respiratory care practitioner, call Independence Plus at (708) 366-4500. We can help you and your loved ones make sense of your options and create a comprehensive plan for safe and effective home ventilator care in Chicago.