Mechanical Ventilation

Overview

Definition

Intubation places a tube in the throat to help move air in and out of the lungs. Mechanical ventilation is the use of a machine to move the air in and out of the lungs.

Endotracheal Intubation
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Infection
  • Damage to teeth, lips, or tongue
  • A collapsed or injured lung
  • Damage to the trachea or voice box resulting in pain, hoarseness, or problems breathing

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

RESOURCES

American Lung Association http://www.lung.org 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America http://www.aafa.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada https://www.canada.ca 

The Lung Association http://www.lung.ca 

References

Goligher E, Ferguson ND. Mechanical ventilation: epidemiological insights into current practices. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2009 Feb;15(1):44-51.

Mechanical ventilation. American Thoracic Society website. Available at: http://www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/mechanical-ventilation.pdf. Accessed December 10, 2020.

Mechanical ventilation. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care website. Available at: http://www.aic.cuhk.edu.hk/web8/mech%20vent%20intro.htm. Accessed December 10, 2020.

Mechanical ventilation. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/procedure/mechanical-ventilation. Accessed December 10, 2020.

Ventilator/ventilator support. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/vent. Accessed December 10, 2020.