Ventilator Side Effects


Ventilators are mostly used in times of emergency to force air into the lungs and resuscitate the patient. The short-term use of a ventilator can improve a patient's health, especially when suffering from COPD, asthma, or other respiratory problems.

Ventilator Side Effects
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This force can sometimes cause side effects, and the patient must be monitored regularly. Some of the side effects that occur stop when the ventilator is discontinued or as a result of the sedatives used to keep the patient relaxed.

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Cardiovascular side effects, such as a drop in blood pressure or an abnormal heartbeat, can occur. Weakened muscles and burst eardrums are also common effects.

Cardiovascular side effects are not uncommon
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According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group, low blood pressure affects 20 percent of patients on a ventilator. Ten percent are affected by weakened muscles or heartbeat abnormalities, while one in seven experience a burst eardrum.

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Problems are more likely to occur if you suffer from a more severe respiratory problem, dental problems, or dehydration.

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Some patients may develop an infection or pneumonia after being placed on a ventilator. Additionally, patients may have trouble being weaned off the ventilator, so they may not be able to breathe on their own.

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