The majority of people breathe without giving it a second thought. It is part of our nature. But some people cannot get enough oxygen into their blood stream on their own, which leaves them breathless and with low or no energy.
A number of conditions can leave patients with ventilation support needs. Linde offers homecare ventilation therapy for individuals suffering from severe COPD and other respiratory illnesses, spinal cord injuries, and neuromuscular disorders, for example.
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, 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