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Roadrunne98
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Posted - Nov 21 2018 :  10:08:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My carbon dioxide levels are high. Is there anything I can do to get rid of some of that. If that keep going up, wonít that do me in by overtaking the 02?

jmrommes
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Posted - Nov 21 2018 :  11:17:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My first question is how do you know your CO2 levels are high? And how high is high? Is your pulmo concerned? What did she suggest/prescribe?

A general answer to your question is that PLBing all the time will help keep your CO2 levels down and will help stave off sob. However, remember that even if you're really sob, if your O2 sats are good, you can work through the sob and not do any harm.

A second strategy is t use a bi-pap or a trilogy machine at night and even during the day if necessary. That must be prescribed, but will keep the CO2 at a manageable level for many people.

Last strategy is intubation or non-invasive ventilation techniques. These must be prescribed.

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klm49
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Posted - Nov 23 2018 :  11:13:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jmrommes

My first question is how do you know your CO2 levels are high? And how high is high? Is your pulmo concerned? What did she suggest/prescribe?

A general answer to your question is that PLBing all the time will help keep your CO2 levels down and will help stave off sob. However, remember that even if you're really sob, if your O2 sats are good, you can work through the sob and not do any harm.

A second strategy is t use a bi-pap or a trilogy machine at night and even during the day if necessary. That must be prescribed, but will keep the CO2 at a manageable level for many people.

Last strategy is intubation or non-invasive ventilation techniques. These must be prescribed.




A Trilogy is a Ventilator FYI, can be invasive or non-invasive
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tsainta
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Posted - Nov 23 2018 :  12:22:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Trilogy 100 would not support invasive (intubation) ventilation.

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jmrommes
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Posted - Nov 23 2018 :  4:25:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Trilogy is non-invasive, but is considered a ventilator. It does not require intubation, which would be invasive.

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klm49
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Posted - Nov 24 2018 :  06:51:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Philips says both invasive / non - https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/product/HC1054260/trilogy100ventilator
I don 't have any personal experience so I'll take your word on it.

Edited by - klm49 on Nov 24 2018 06:54:08 AM
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sslei
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Posted - Nov 24 2018 :  10:13:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My trilogy is a 200 I have no idea if it would support intubation,I know I do not have to use it.
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skhill
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Posted - Feb 25 2019 :  4:28:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just got a call from my pulmo's office and Apria will be bringing me out a Trilogy machine tomorrow to start using at night due to my last PFT and the low FEV and the extra carbon dioxide that my blood test showed during my short stay in the hospital 3 weeks ago. I am feeling so much better that I wonder why I need it now? My doctor wants to see how much it helps before my appointment with him this Friday. IF it pushes air in how does the air get back out?
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jmrommes
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Posted - Feb 25 2019 :  8:01:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The trilogy is like a bi-pap, so continuous pressure for the inhale and the exhale....that's how it gets air out. There will be pressure to help the exhale be longer and therefore reduce the CO2. The trilogy is superior to the bi-pap because it can be calibrated more specifically to you and your needs. It'll get the CO2 down.

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Roadrunne98
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Posted - Feb 13 2020 :  6:24:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My CO2 level in the ICU was 144. After 3 days they got it down to 71 and said that will be ok for me. I am on 02 24/7 so someone said I donít need the I pap thing on my face. I fought them in ICU when they had to keep that on me to bring my CO2 level down. I thanked them for helping me get home. Home 3 weeks , so far so good. My friends want to go out to eat, but I am so afraid to go out especially in a restaurant to eat. I donít want to go thru that again.
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jmrommes
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Posted - Feb 14 2020 :  12:49:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going out to eat won't bring your CO2 levels back up unless you get sick again. If that's the case, you might ask people to bring their dinner and yours home to you because you're afraid of picking up some bug in a restaurant. They might not be willing to do that all the time, but they should be willing some of the time. If you can, you could cook a simple meal and ask your friends over. A good soup is great at this time of the year and that's relatively easy to do, especially with a little help. With a salad and some good bread, that's a great meal on a cold night. The other thing is to arm yourself with plenty of hand sanitizer and wear a mask, except to eat. If you're careful, that ought to work.

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