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This is another episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” and in last week’s episode I answered another question from our readers and the question last week was
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In this week’s episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” I want to explain
HOW LONG IS A PATIENT KEPT ON A BIPAP MACHINE IN INTENSIVE CARE?
This is again a topic and a question that many readers want to know more about.
So if your critically ill loved one has been admitted to Intensive Care and your critically ill loved one requires a BIPAP machine, which in essence is intermittent ventilation with a mask on their face, your critically ill loved one is well enough to not breathe with a breathing tube in their throat, which in essence is continuous ventilation.
If your loved one in Intensive Care requires BIPAP or Mask ventilation, he or she can have a break from the ventilator and go back on an Oxygen mask or on nasal oxygen at least for a while.
Again the main difference between BIPAP or Mask ventilation is that your critically ill loved one is not fully ventilator dependent and “only” requires the mask or BIPAP ventilation intermittently.
So how long can your critically ill loved one then stay on a BIPAP machine or on Mask ventilation?
The answer is that it depends. In theory your critically ill loved one could stay on the BIPAP machine indefinitely, however BIPAP or mask ventilation should be a means to an end, which means that it should be used and is mainly used as a temporary form of ventilation or respiratory therapy until your critically ill loved one is well enough to breathe by themselves without the mask.
Usually in Intensive Care, several things might lead to BIPAP or mask ventilation
• After extubation(removal of breathing tube) your loved one might still need some intermittent support for their breathing, as they are not quite strong enough to completely breathe on their own. The BIPAP or mask ventilation is often used to inflate collapsed parts of the lung and therefore helps with oxygenation and also helps with preventing Pneumonia or a chest infection
• If your critically ill loved one has been admitted to Intensive Care for a respiratory condition such as Pneumonia, Asthma, COPD etc… and still has reserves to breathe by him or herself the BIPAP or mask ventilation might help your loved one to stay away from tube and therefore continuous ventilation, which would also require your loved one to go into an induced coma
• Sometimes BIPAP or mask ventilation can be used in end of life or palliative situations as well
• The biggest challenge with BIPAP or mask ventilation is that it is extremely uncomfortable and many critically ill Patients are unable to tolerate it for too long, often leading to exhaustion. Depending on your critically ill loved one’s overall condition he or she may not have the reserves to stay on BIPAP or mask ventilation for too long and therefore requires intubation and tube ventilation in an induced coma
• Usage for the right Patient in Intensive Care can be extremely effective as well and avoidance of tube ventilation in an induced coma can be achieved
In theory, BIPAP or mask ventilation can be used indefinitely, however the reality for critically ill Patients in Intensive Care is that if BIPAP or mask ventilation is required for too long it gets tiring and exhausting and it often leads to mechanical tube ventilation with induced coma.
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