July 27, 2015
Medically complex situations often require breathing, airway, tracheostomy tube and ventilator management and support. Not that long ago, an in-home ventilator situation was considered unrealistic and unsafe. The skills needed considered too complex for non-medical people to use safely. As medical advances have happened patients more and more are moving from a supervised hospital situation to the comfort of home. In Waltham, Massachusetts Epic Health Services provides in-home private duty nurses who are trained and experienced at helping adults and children manage the challenges associated in living with a ventilator.
Conditions that often require ventilator support include:
- Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
- Spinal Injuries
- Airway Injuries
- Neuromuscular diseases that paralyze or weaken the muscles and nerves involved in breathing.
While both adults and children have conditions that require ventilator and airway management support, children present additional challenges. It’s vital that children maintain as much as possible an environment of normal growth, development and proper socialization. Epic Health Services’ home private duty nurses are able to assist this in children and their parents.
Our nurses are experienced with all the tasks necessary to maintain and support ventilators, tracheostomy tubes and patients. These include:
- Manage and monitor ventilator settings and modes
- Suction support and maintenance
- Assessment of pain, medication and sedation needs
- Prevention of infections
- Management of the airway
If you are a parent or caretaker, and are faced with a situation where you have questions or need assistance with ventilator and airway support in the Waltham area, we are here to help. We are proud to carry on a long tradition of home health nursing. Please use our request for care contact form for more information about how we can help you and your loved ones.