WARNING: The information in this section is meant as a general guide for parents and caregivers with certain problems related to invasive ventilation, non-invasive ventilation and manual ventilation. It is not intended to replace the recommendations of your child’s healthcare team.

Discuss your child’s unique needs with the healthcare team, including WHO and WHEN to contact when problems arise.

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Ventilatory assistance device alarms

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Ventilatory assistance device does not turn on (no lights or alarms)

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Disconnected parts in the ventilation circuit

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Broken equipment: interface or any components of the ventilation circuit (eg, tubing, tracheostomy adapter)

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Insufficient air flow from the ventilatory assistance device

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Warmer air than usual in the ventilation circuit

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Dropped ventilatory assistance device (device falls to the ground)

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Irregular display on the ventilatory assistance device

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: No water in the water chamber of the ventilatory assistance device

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Presence of condensation in the ventilation circuit

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Presence of condensation in the mask and/or your child has droplets of water on the face during non-invasive ventilation

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Accumulation of water in the tubing of the ventilation circuit

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Leakage of water from the water chamber of the ventilatory assistance device

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Child agitated, crying, uncomfortable and/or having difficulty falling asleep

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Sensation that the ventilatory assistance device pushes the air more forcefully or is noisier than usual

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Irritation (redness, sores) of facial skin and/or eyes redness, in the child who uses a mask

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Dryness of the nose, in the child who uses a mask

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Nose or sinus congestion, in the child who uses a mask

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Red, dry or irritated eyes, in the child who uses a mask

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Mouth dryness, in the child who uses a facial mask

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Bloated belly or abdominal distension during invasive or non-invasive ventilation

Problem related to invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation: Difficulty to speak or swallow during non-invasive ventilation

Problem related to manual ventilation: Absence of movement of the chest during manual ventilation

Problem related to manual ventilation: Unable to compress the ventilatory bag during manual ventilation

Problem related to manual ventilation: Vomiting during manual ventilation

Problem related to manual ventilation: No resistance during compression of the ventilatory bag during manual ventilation

Problem related to manual ventilation: Distention of the abdomen during manual ventilation

 

Do not hesitate to refer to your child’s healthcare team for any questions or for specific advice related to your child’s condition.

When to consult your healthcare team

Mask

  • Your child remains uncomfortable while wearing the mask.
  • The skin of the face, nose or the eyes is red or irritated.
  • Your child’s nose and/or mouth remain dry.
  • Your child’s nose and sinuses remain congested.
  • Your child’s eyes remain irritated or red.

Ventilation circuit

  • Interface or a part of the ventilation circuit is broken (eg, tubing, tracheostomy adapter).
  • Water condensation persists in the circuit and/or mask.
  • The air in the circuit remains more warm than usual.
  • Water continues to accumulate in the tubing of the circuit.

Ventilatory assistance device and humidifier

  • Any alarm persists.
  • The device does not operate.
  • The flow of air from the device remains insufficient.
  • The screen on the device continues to be irregular.
  • The water chamber is damaged or broken.
  • The device continues to push air more forcefully than usual.
  • The device operates with more noise than usual.

Ventilatory bag

  • The ventilatory bag does not function, despite your attempts to resolve the problem.

General issues

  • Your child has difficulty adapting to the ventilatory assistance and to coordinate breathing with the device.
  • Your child is agitated, crying or uncomfortable with the ventilatory assistance and/or has difficulty falling asleep.
  • Your child’s abdomen remains distended.
  • Your child vomits during manual ventilation.
  • Your child has difficulty speaking or swallowing during non-invasive ventilation.
  • Your child has other problems during or after ventilatory assistance.

Your child’s healthcare team will take the opportunity during your child’s follow-up appointments to review your child’s care and equipment. Adjustments will be made as required.

Do not hesitate to refer to your child’s healthcare team for any questions or for specific advice related to your child’s condition.