A ventilator is a machine to support breathing. It pushes air and oxygen into the lungs and removes carbon dioxide. Children can be on a ventilator due to:
A child is connected to the ventilator through a breathing tube. One type of tube goes through the mouth or the nose to the lungs. This is called an endotracheal tube (ETT).
This topic was reviewed by a paediatric intensive care specialist in July 2022.