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Non Invasive ventilation (VNI)

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)

What is Non-Invasive Ventilation?

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is a treatment to help with your breathing. If your breathing becomes difficult and your muscles tire it can lead to a build-up of carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen getting into your blood.

It provides support to the lungs through a mask and a machine (ventilator).

The mask provided will be chosen to fit you and the machine will be set specifically for your needs.

The mask is connected to the machine and this pushes air into your lungs.

The machine does not do the breathing for you. It gently boosts each breath in and out to reduce the work that you have to do. It can feel a bit strange or even uncomfortable to begin with, however, most people find that they get used to it fairly quickly.

Patient Conditions likely to Need NIV

  • Respiratory Failure
  • Muscle weakness (motor neurone disease/ Duchenne muscular dystrophy/Spinal Muscular Atrophy)
  • Chest wall disorders (Kyphosis/Scoliosis)
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
  • Post-polio
  • Obesity
  • Hypo-ventilation

What will be Issued to me?

Our technician will help you with the following:

  • A machine and power lead
  • Tubing
  • Mask
  • Carry bag
  • Filters

How do I Look after my Ventilator and Equipment?

  • Keep ventilator dust free by wiping over with a damp cloth at least once a week
  • Clean the mask every day with warm soapy water, rinse with fresh water and allow drying
  • Wash headgear weekly in warm soapy water, rinse and dry
  • The dust filters should be changed every three to four months

Benefits of NIV

  • Can improve sleep quality leading to better energy and concentration levels during the day.
  • It can help you less breathless than before.
  • You may be able to perform more your daily tasks.
  • It may decrease the likelihood of being admitted to the hospital.