Mechanical Ventilation FAQs:


Q: Is a Mechanical Ventilation the medical term for artificial ventilation where mechanical means is used to assist or replace spontaneous breathing?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Mechanical Ventilation indicated when the patient's spontaneous ventilation is inadequate to maintain life?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Mechanical Ventilation termed "invasive" if it involves any instrument penetrating through the mouth or the skin?

A: Yes, There are two main modes of mechanical ventilation within the two divisions: positive pressure ventilation, where air is pushed into the trachea, and negative pressure ventilation, where air is, in essence, sucked into the lungs.

Q: Is a Mechanical Ventilation often a life-saving intervention?

A: Yes, but carries potential complications including pneumothorax, airway injury, alveolar damage, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Q: Is a Mechanical Ventilation almost always completely passive?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Mechanical Ventilation instituted to correct blood gases and reduce the work of breathing?

A: Yes.