Ventilator Alarms & Settings
It’s important to know your child’s ventilator (vent) settings and alarms.
You’ll go home with a paper telling you what the vent settings are for your child. Leave this sheet posted on your ventilator. Every day, check that the vent is set correctly.
Your child’s doctor will decide when to change the ventilator settings. Do not ever change the ventilator settings by yourself!
What Each Ventilator Setting Means
Breath Rate (F)
The number of breaths delivered to your child in one minute
Inspiratory Pressure (IP)
The preset pressure to be delivered during your child’s in breath
Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP)
The amount of pressure that is left in the lungs at the end of the out breath. This allows the air sacs in the lungs to remain partially open.
Peak Inspiratory Pressure (PIP)
The highest level of pressure that is in the lungs during the in breath
Pressure Support (PS)
The amount of pressure that is given to assist your child when they are taking their own breaths.
Tidal Volume (TV)
The amount of air that is delivered to your child’s lungs during one breath
Inspiratory Time (IT)
The amount of time it takes for one breath to be delivered on the in breath
Alarms and What To Do When They Happen
Occurs when your child’s ventilator switches from external battery (plugged into the wall) to internal battery (the battery pack).
- Is there power in the home?
- Did the ventilator become unplugged from the wall?
It’s important that you start to think of a solution to get external power whether that is a generator or going to a family/friend's home. It’s important to always have your battery pack charged.
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