Ventilators designed to provide support to patients who do not require complex critical care ventilators. Most devices use positive pressure to deliver gas to the lungs at normal breathing rates and tidal volumes through an endotracheal tube, a tracheostomy cannula, or a mask, typically when ventilation is needed only at night. These ventilators include a control system and alarms; some ventilators also include oxygen accumulators and heating and humidifying capabilities. Portable/home care ventilators may use several methods of cycling (e.g., volume, time) and several ventilation modes, including control, assist/control, and synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation (SIMV) modes. Power is typically supplied from a power line or from an internal or external battery (e.g., a car battery). These ventilators are small, lightweight, and easy to operate, should resist tipping over, and be easily mounted in different orientations; ventilator alarms should allow quick assessment and correction of the alarm condition. Portable/home care ventilators are used for long-term ventilator support in extended care facilities and in the home; they may also be used in emergency care.
"The following definition appears in the glossary of the JCAHO 2009 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual:
Life Support Equipment: Any device used for the purpose of sustaining life and whose failure to perform its primary function, when used according to manufacturer’s instructions and clinical protocol, will lead to patient death in the absence of immediate intervention (examples include ventilators, heart-lung bypass machines).
Defibrillation is a response to life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electricity to the affected heart with a defibrillator. The dose of electricity restores a normal heart rhythm, allowing the heart to continue to function in the patient. Therefore, the Joint Commission considers defibrillators life support equipment.
As it is required that organizations maintain an inventory of all medical equipment or selected medical equipment categorized by physical risk associated with use (including all life support equipment), defibrillators must be included in an organization's medical equipment inventory.
Maintenance activities then must be identified for equipment on the inventory. A maintenance strategy for defibrillators could include a range of activities from a visual inspection of the single-use AED (automatic external defibrillator) to the daily testing of a defibrillator in clinical use settings based on organization policy."
- Drager Medical, Inc
- Puritan Bennett
- TRILOGY100 - Respironics
- LTV 950 - PULMONETICS
- PLV 100 - RESPIRONICS
- PLV 102-b - RESPIRONICS
- PLV 102 - RESPIRONICS
- ACHIEVA - PURITAN BENNETT
- ACHIEVA PS - PURITAN BENNETT
- ACHIEVA PSO2 - PURITAN BENNETT
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- ↑ Joint Commission. "Defibrillators - Life Support or Non-life Support Equipment." 15 June 2009. http://www.jointcommission.org/mobile/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?StandardsFAQId=52&StandardsFAQChapterId=64