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Power Failure imperatives for vent users

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DON'T BE COMPLACENT
Power Failure Imperatives            for Vent Users
It's not a question of "IF" but "WHEN" overnight power failure will occur
Problems
A US study estimated one failure for every 1.25 years of continuous ventilator use *
Ventilator malfunction and accidental disconnection of hoses can happen Power outages may be caused by storms, traffic accidents, heatwaves etc
One failure every 15mths
* A. K. Simonds, (2006) Risk management of the home   ventilator dependent patient. Thorax. May; 61(5): 369–371.
Precautions
Frontline precautions should  not rely on human intervention.  A charged backup battery tops the list and can supply power for up to 8 hours. It is imperative to test it regularly.   An uninterupted power supply (UPS) will power a device for varying amounts of time, but was not designed specifically for this purpose. Intercom or emergency button/alarm can help a user alert carers. NB Intercoms may be connected to UPS A backup device is crucial. e.g. second ventilator or ambu bag
BE PREPARED !
Backup Battery
2
1
UPS
Intercom
3
Backup Device
4
5
Alarm
Purchase a generator Organize someone to check up on you Register as ventilator dependent with your electricity authority Know the nearest hospital with backup power Know your pulmonologist’s contact details  e.g. 'About Me' proforma Download an emergency wallet card and have your doctor record these warnings   in your eHealth profile
Consider an emergency dragging on
"Power Failure Imperatives for Vent Users" by Deborah Robins is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. NB Not to be construed as medical advice.
Sources: https://www.dmdpathfinders.org.uk/2014/07/22/life-and-breath/ http://www.rockybay.org.au/news/power-supplies/ http://tinyurl.com/walletalertDMD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2111178 http://tinyurl.com/zodog53