Mechanical ventilation is the use of a machine to help you breathe when you are unable to breathe on your own.
Mechanical ventilation may be used in an emergency to help someone breathe and stay alive. Some situations where mechanical ventilation is used are:
In most cases it is used in an emergency situation. You cannot prepare for it.
Mechanical ventilation can be frightening. If you need mechanical ventilation, try to stay relaxed. You will be given medicine to help you relax and to tolerate the tube in your windpipe.
During mechanical ventilation:
After you are started on mechanical ventilation:
The main benefit of mechanical ventilation is that it can keep you alive. Without mechanical ventilation, many seriously injured or ill people would not survive.
Risks associated with mechanical ventilation include:
While you are having mechanical ventilation, your critical care doctor will be keeping close watch over your condition.
After you are released from the hospital, you should call your healthcare provider if you: