Ventilator weaning was a huge key point that was discussed this year by the national medical community, mainly ways to improve the outcomes. The journal, Spinal Cord, as well as HospiMedica and guest speakers at the American Thoracic Society International Conference all weighed in on the topics. Among the most promising conversations were those that centered on advancements in durable medical equipment, especially when it comes to respiratory and ventilator patients.
There are a number of items used by healthcare professionals and patients during ventilator weaning. Some are meant to strengthen patients’ lungs and others focus on respiratory quality. The latest advancements covered by industry resources were largely among the latter.
When a patient is not breathing properly, carbon dioxide has a tendency to increase, setting off a domino effect. Oftentimes, the first problem to occur is acidosis. It, in turn, may cause patients to experience everything from episodes of extreme lethargy and delirium to shock. Understandably, such a chain of events could negatively influence a person’s ability to complete ventilator-weaning activities too.
As such, experts in mechanical respiration always welcome inventions that may help the body avoid such scenarios. At Fox Subacute, we make sure that any chain of events that could negatively affect a person’s ability to complete ventilator weaning is addressed. We take care to make certain that resident’s CO2 levels are right where they should be for ventilator weaning success. In addition, we help residents’ build lung strength, reduce episodes of anxiety and do everything necessary to lessen their time on the ventilator, or increase quality of life while on a ventilator. That’s where other advancements come into play, including music therapy.
Once weaning is successful, our interdisciplinary team and consulting physicians’ work to ensure relapses do not occur. History has taught us that the first month after ventilator weaning is the most critical. Consequently, residents may be asked to remain in our subacute care facilities until that milestone is reached. To learn more about notable advancements and milestones associated with ventilator weaning, please contact Fox Subacute.