Helping non-medical people understand mechanical ventilation and its life-saving role
April 12, 2021

Ventilators and their use

The decision to put a patient on a mechanical ventilator is always a serious one. For the non-medical person involved in this determination regarding a loved one, it can feel overwhelming, frightening and be fraught with numerous concerns and questions.

Ventilators and Their Use, written by Ron Sanderson, is an informative guide for anyone who is faced with this situation. A respiratory therapist himself, Ron understands both the science and the emotions behind mechanical ventilation. His book takes great care to explain what mechanical ventilators do, why they are needed, how they can support a person’s recovery from injury or illness, and can help the lay person make sense of a potentially confusing situation.

Making complex concepts easier to understand

The book opens with a quick reference guide to each chapter set in an easy-to-read question and answer format.  From there the book’s chapters describe in more detail the concepts outlined in the question and answer section to provide a more comprehensive overall understanding of the needs, functions and goals of ventilation. 

Through the use of plain language, Ron describes how the human body breathes, why a person may stop breathing, and the role a mechanical ventilator can play as a potential life-saving device. It walks the reader through the entire ventilatory cycle from when a person stops breathing, to the administration of a ventilator, to how people are cared for during ventilation through to weaning someone off of a ventilator.  Simple pictures and diagrams illustrate the concepts and make the information easier to absorb. 

Airon’s unique pNeuton Model A appears in the book

Chapter 3 mentions several different ventilators available in the medical marketplace. Large and small, their purpose is essentially the same: provide ventilatory support to a sick or injured patient. Appearing in this chapter, Airon’s pNeuton Model A ventilator has several unique features as compared to other ventilators. In addition to being compact and extremely lightweight for portability and use in small or makeshift spaces as was needed by many hospitals during the COVID pandemic, the Model A is fully pneumatic, meaning it does not require electricity or batteries to function. 

This is just one of many key reasons why Airon’s unique technology was licensed by GE Healthcare and manufactured by Ford in the fight against Covid-19. 

Though not intended to be seen as or used as a medical textbook, Ventilators and Their Use can be a useful resource for respiratory therapists, nurses, and doctors in the ICU, and especially for families who need to understand and cope with a loved one’s ventilation journey.

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