What is the difference between Non-Invasive versus Invasive Respiratory Ventilators
Mori Medical offers both noninvasive and invasive portable respiratory ventilators for sale and rental, as well as respiratory ventilators which can function as both invasive and non-invasive medical devices.
So what is the difference between invasive and noninvasive ventilation (NIV)?
In simplest terms, an invasive ventilator utilizes a tube which is physically inserted into the patient's throat or trachea, thus 'invading" the respiratory airway. In the medical field, this process is called tracheal intubation.
A noninvasive ventilator uses no tubes, instead delivering oxygen using a tight fitting mask attached over the patient's mouth and nose and held in place with straps. Some masks are designed to cover the nose only and are known as nasal masks. Another noninvasive option is a hood which encloses the entire head versus a mask covering the nose and/or mouth. None of these delivery options requires physical "invasion" of the patient's body, thus the term: noninvasive.
Invasive ventilation has been widely used for many years, but is subject to drawbacks associated with the tube insertion (tracheal intubation).
More recently, developments in NIV technologies, include the ability of the patient to adjust the ventilator interface/controls, which have resulted in the increased use of NIV in both home and hospital settings.
NIV creates positive airway pressure and gives a push behind each breath to assist in expelling carbon dioxide from the body. It is used extensively in treating chronic respiratory failure, COPD, and pneumonia, and is a standard of care in addressing neuromuscular disorders, including ALS.
Mori Medical knows portable respiratory ventilation medical equipment. We are an authorized provider with leading manufacturers including Philips, Carefusion, ResMed, Breas, and Ventec Life Systems To learn more about your options on rental or purchase of ventilators, or with any questions, please feel free to contact our specialists at 760-659-4200.
All Respiratory Therapists (RTs) at Mori Medical have had a rotation and basic training on ventilation, but our RTs also go through specialized training to specifically work with each of the different ventilators and the setting, accessories, etc which go with each unit/manufacturer. They are trained in trouble shooting and handling issues that patients and caregivers encounter using all these different treatments and equipment.
Please note rental or purchase of a medical ventilation device may require a prescription from your physician.