Respiratory support based on patient needs
Fragile patients in need of support to breathe are usually treated with a mechanical ventilator that responds to pressure changes when the patient wants to begin or end a breath cycle.
Unfortunately, traditional mechanical ventilator treatment can provide an anxious and painful experience if the ventilator comes into contact with the patient’s respiratory needs, so-called asynchrony. Asynchrony can, among other things, cause lung damage, extended care times and increase the risk of pneumonia. Therefore, healthcare professionals need to constantly change a mechanical ventilator according to the patient’s need for respiratory support.
Benefits of NAVA
Ventilators with NAVA (Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist) respond to a patient needs. A probe receives electrical signals from the patient’s diaphragm (breathing muscle). The ventilator analyzes the signals and understands immediately when the patient wants to breathe. The result is a more natural breathing pattern that allows for better sleep, reduced need for sedatives and better comfort. With NAVA, the patient’s time in the ventilator can be shortened, which has positive economic effects and reduced health risks. NAVA also reduces the demands of healthcare professionals to make continuous adjustments to adapt the ventilator to the patient’s condition.