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Portable Ventilator Precautions

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VENTILATOR
PORTABLE
PRECAUTIONS
"Portable Ventilator Precautions" by Deborah Robins is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. NB Not to be construed as medical advice.
WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT
Diurnal ventilators are designed to be portable for true independence. The sip mouthpiece (MPV) is non-invasive (NIV)
• Cheap and simple to use • Can be used intermittently • Allows “AIR STACKING” • No visual interference • No comorbidity (trach or mask problems)
MPV ADVANTAGES
80%
31% saved by ambu bag
Both internal battery and external battery run out of charge The ventilator fails unexpectedly The circuit (hose) disconnects, splits or leaks
Problems
A knapsack on your wheelchair containing: • A spare external battery • AC power cord • An ambu bag • A roll of masking tape to repair leaks to circuit • Emergency contact of your pulmonologist • Alert Card in wallet
Don't leave home without
HIDING YOUR CIRCUIT
COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE MOUTHPIECE SUPPORT
A cylindrical black lycra sock with elasticised openings, easily conceals the clear circuit. Covers are also commercially available.
Various sip vent support arms and halters may be custom made. A bendable support arm, made from black loc-line, is available from Philips.
Tips
Source: Toussaint, M. (2012, Oct). Nocturnal and diurnal ventilation  in  Neuromuscular Diseases.  Workshop presented at the Riding the Wave conference, Gold Coast.