Ventilators Respirators

Ventilators Respirators

Ventilators Respirators A ventilator is a machine designed to mechanically move breathable air into and out of the lungs, to provide the mechanism of breathing for a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently. While modern ventilators are computerized machines, patients can be ventilated with a bag valve mask, a simple hand-operated bag-valve mask. Ventilators are LIFE SUPPORT systems. Ventilators are chiefly used in intensive care medicine, home care, and emergency medicine (as standalone units) and in anesthesia (as a component of an anesthesia machine).

Medical ventilators are sometimes colloquially called “respirators,” a term which stems from commonly used devices in the 1950s (particularly the “Bird Respirator”). However, in modern hospital and medical terminology, these machines are never referred to as respirators, and use of “respirator” in this context is now a deprecated anachronism which signals technical unfamiliarity.

Medical ventilators are sometimes colloquially called “respirators,” a term which stems from commonly used devices in the 1950s (particularly the “Bird Respirator”). However, in modern hospital and medical terminology, these machines are never referred to as respirators, and use of “respirator” in this context is now a deprecated anachronism which signals technical unfamiliarity. In the present-day medical field the word “respirator” refers to a protective face mask

 

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