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Ventilation FAQ's


Q:  How often should I change my ventilator tubing?

A:  You should change your circuit every month, or as needed, if it appears to be soiled on the inside of the tubing

Q:  How often should I change my ventilator filters?

A:  You should change the output filter whenever it appears dirty.  The output filter is the dome-shaped filter that sits between the ventilator and the patient tubing.  You should clean or change the input (grey) filter whenever it appears to be dirty.  It is a good idea to check these filters at least every week.  If you need more filters, please contact us for replacements.

Q:  I need an extra battery for my ventilator, how do I get one?

A:  We have additional batteries and battery chargers available for sale, please call us for pricing.

Q:  What should I do if my ventilator is alarming? 

A:  Take note of the alarm message on the screen of the ventilator.  Many alarm conditions are caused by an excessive leakage in the circuit.  This leak usually occurs where the circuit connects to the humidifier or where the circuit connects to the patient.  Excessive leakage around the mask or tracheostomy tube can also cause a ventilator alarm.  If you are unable to quickly resolve the problem, please call our office.

Q: I am getting a lot of water building up in my ventilator tubing.  What can I do?

A:  You should consider turning down your humidifier slightly.  Also, be careful that you do not have a fan blowing directly on the tubing.  When you have water buildup, you can remove the vent circuit near the humidifier and allow it to drain into a cup or waste bin.  Be sure to carefully replace the tubing, so it does not leak! 

Q:  I have a lot of air in my stomach.  Is there a way to remove the air using my PEG?

A:  Yes.  Please review the document below for information on how to safely vent your PEG tube.


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