Saturday, November 29, 2008

Changing Vent Settings

Crew is on new vent settings where he is given 25 base breaths no matter what, but receives no assistance on any other efforts he may make above the ventilator. This is an in-between stage that is designed to make him work a little harder, strengthen him a little more, and get a more accurate picture of what he may be capable of. After our previous experience transitioning to the c-pap, I'm hesitant to declare total success, but he is doing REALLY REALLY REALLY well and has done so for more than 18 hours. This seems to be a good and appropriate place for him right now to get his little lung workout but not get overly worn down in the process. He consistently breathes above the vent (which is a great thing) and hasn't appeared to "ride the vent" at all, knock on wood. They are weaning him further off his fentanyl, which should also contribute to better success in breathing. I'm really proud of him!

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