It's important to maintain your prescribed ventilation throughout your trip. Start by discussing your plans with your doctor and home medical equipment provider. Make sure you understand how to prepare your equipment, and how to properly use it while traveling and when you reach your destination.
Here's a pre-travel checklist of things to do:
Preparation for traveling by car with a ventilator can vary based on your mobility and the type of vehicle. Remember, once you’re settled in the car, it’s important to make sure everything is working properly before leaving.
Before you travel by airplane with your respiratory therapy, follow these steps to help ensure an easy flight:
Learn about COPD and available treatment options.
Mechanical ventilation may make it easier to breathe if you have COPD.
Find out what your options are if you need mechanical ventilation.