LTV ventilator set up and maintenance (1253)

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Set up and maintenance

What does the LTV ventilator do?

It gives extra breaths or pressure to help your child breathe easier.

What supplies do I need?

How do I set up the equipment? grey and purple LTV ventilator

  1. Wash your hands.   2. If your child uses oxygen, put the oxygen tubing on the left side of the machine.  

  3. Put the 15mm adapter in the hole on the bottom right side of the vent.

  4. Add the bacteria filter.

  5. Add the water chamber to the heater.

  6. Put the tubing together.

  7. Put the temperature probe into the inspiratory tubing. One is close to the Y-connector and one is close to the water chamber. Plug the blue end into the right side of the heater.

8. Put the heater-wire adapter into the prongs at the end of the inspiratory tubing. Then plug it into the right side of the heater.

  9. Plug the ventilator into a wall outlet.

  10. Do a leak test.  (See page 2)

How and when is the leak test done?

The leak test must be done:

1. Wash your hands.

2. Hand ventilate your child if needed, or place them on their other ventilator. 
3. Turn the machine off. 
  4. Press and release the On/Standby button.

5. Immediately press and hold the Select button. (The select button is next to the display window.) The display window will say "remove ptnt"

  6. Release the Select button.

  7. Press the Silence button. The display window will say "Vent Check."

8. Press and release the Select button until "LEAK" displays.

9. With a clean hand, block the end of the swivel adapter.

10. Press the Select button to start the test. The ventilator will go through a series of checks and then show “pass” or “fail.”

 If ventilator shows … Then … 
 Fail … Do not use on your child until you check that all connections are
tight and the leak test passes. A different circuit may be needed if
the current one does not pass. If it continues to "fail", contact the home care company to switch out the ventilator.
 Pass … The ventilator is safe and ready to use.

11. Turn the machine off, then on again. It is now ready for use.

How do I change the circuit?

  1. Change the circuit, adapters, and heater chamber as you were instructed by your home care company.
  2. Be sure that you are setting up the new circuit the same way as the one you are switching out.
  3. Do a leak test.

Note: Keep using oxygen tubing unless it is cloudy, dirty or wet inside.

Why is it important to keep the ventilator clean?

  1. This will lower the risk of your child becoming sick.
  2. This will keep the ventilator in its best condition.

Note: Follow your home care company’s recommendations for cleaning schedule and solutions.

What should I know about keeping the LTV charged?

  1. Always keep the ventilator plugged in when not traveling.
  2. When the external battery is not in use at home, plug it into the charger the home care company gave you. Follow the instructions from the home care company regarding the
  3. When traveling in the car, use the car’s adapter for power, if needed.

Warning: Use the internal battery only in a true emergency, like an extended power outage.

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.