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What is "Bipap?"
Bipap is a machine used to assist breathing by delivering oxygen through a face mask.

What is a ventilator?
A Ventilator, also called a respirator, is used to assist breathing by delivering oxygen directly into the lungs by means of a plastic breathing tube (endotracheal tube or a tracheostomy).

What is weaning?
Weaning is the process used to assist the patient to gradually come off the ventilator.

What is a balloon pump?
An intra-aortic balloon pump is a device use to temporarily support the heart’s function. It is inserted via an artery in the groin and is attached to a console at the bedside.

What is a monitor?
A monitor provides a continuous reading of the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate/rhythm, and oxygenation. Monitors are also located at the nurses’ station.

What are chest tubes?
Chest tubes are tubes placed in the chest cavity that help drain fluid that can accumulate. They are connected to a drainage container and will be removed when the drainage is minimal.

What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself. For example, the directive would describe what kind of care you want if you have an illness that you are unlikely to recover from, or if you are permanently unconscious. Advance directive usually tells your doctor that you don’t want certain kinds of treatment. However, it can also say that you want a certain treatment no matter how ill you are.

 
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