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Noninvasive ventilator (Trilogy Machine)

  • By rosemstewart

    My husband is in end stage COPD. He has been hospitalized many times, the last time was for a month at a nursing home for some rehab. He is not doing well at all. He has chronic respiratory failure… he retains CO2. They put him on a Noninvasive Ventilator called Trilogy. He uses it a lot….it’s getting to be almost all the time. He sleeps nearly all the time. He can’t do much of anything for himself. I still manage to work two days a week but I’m afraid that might be changing soon. I wonder if anyone has had a similar experience and how they dealt with it? I also wonder if anyone has any experience with the Trilogy and the use of it most of the day. I’m feeling very frightened about what lies ahead and yet I don’t know what lies ahead if that makes any sense.

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  • By Lyn Harper, RRT Moderator

    Hi rosemstewart – I’m sorry about your husband. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot. First, let me put your mind at ease about the non-invasive ventilator he’s using. It’s become a very common device to use and very effective. Depending on a persons level of CO2, they may need to be on it only at night, sometimes throughout the day, or even almost all the time. The Trilogy does for the lungs what they aren’t able to do for themselves any longer due to the COPD.
    Ask your husbands doctor to be very honest with you and let you know what they feel is ahead. It can vary so much from patient to patient becuase of so many factors that are involved. But, they will tailor a plan of treatment that’s just for your husband and what they feel will work the best.
    In the meantime, be sure you take care of yourself as well.
    Regards, Lyn (site moderator)

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi rosemstewart and thanks for reaching out here. I’m sorry to hear the challenges you are facing with your husband’s condition. It’s easy to understand your apprehension and anxiety – especially about the ‘unknown’ moving forward for him. I believe that Lyn has provided you with some excellent suggestions. The more you know about COPD, the better you will understand about your husband’s situation and how best to help him.
    I thought you might gain some additional insight from this article. It speaks to using these devices in the home that deliver BiPAP and CPAP – that is what the Trilogy does as well.
    I do hope you find it to be helpful.
    Please know you are always welcome here.
    Leon (site moderator)

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    • By SammyQ

      Where is the triligy article?

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    • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

      Hi SammyQ, and thanks for your inquiry. I don’t believe we have an article that is specific to the Trilogy ventilator, per se. However, this article, by our own John Bottrell, explains the therapy (BiPAP and/or CPAP) that is available with the Trilogy: https://copd.net/living/bipap-live-better/. I do hope you find it to be helpful. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

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