Life Support Equipment
As the name implies, life support equipment are those medical devices intended to maintain the bodily function of a patient. Without life support, it will be difficult for the patient’s organ systems to function on their own. There are a variety of life support machines in the medical field today, such as the following:
Heart-lung Machines – Also known as cardiopulmonary bypass (CB) devices, this type of equipment temporarily functions as the heart or lungs of a patient during surgery. It facilitates in the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the patient’s body. It is known as a form of extracorporeal circulation.
Medical Ventilators – This type of device is designed to move breathable air in and out of the lungs. It is used on patients who have difficulty breathing, or who are incapable of delivering an adequate supply of oxygen throughout the body. There are two types of medical ventilators. One is hand-operated using a bag valve mask. The other is run and operated by a computer. You will find this machine used in intensive care unit patients or home care patients.
Dialysis Machine – Dialysis is the method of removing excess solutes or toxins from the blood. It is used on people whose kidneys have been damaged and are incapable of performing these functions. It is a type of renal replacement therapy. Dialysis machines are essential for those who have kidney damage or lost kidney function.
Incubators – An incubator is a medical apparatus used for neonatal intensive care. It is designed to mimic the environmental conditions suitable for newborn babies. It is often used in conjunction with a few other medical equipment such as an oxygen hood and ventilator.