How can ventilation therapy help?
Ventilation therapy - also known as mechanical ventilation - uses gentle air pressure to mechanically assist or replace spontaneous breathing.
There are two main types of ventilation therapy:
- non-invasive, where air is delivered via a mask or nasal cannula.
- Invasive ventilation, which requires a tracheotomy, where a cannula is inserted into the windpipe.
Modern technology has helped make it increasingly normal for stable ventilator-dependent patients to be treated at home.
Ventilation therapy can help the patient’s symptoms by:
- improving the effective exchange of gases
- making breathing easier, while also relieving the respiratory muscles