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Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. It’s important to have an emergency plan in place before anything happens.
If you use a home ventilator or BPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure), you also need an emergency medical plan. This plan makes sure you have what you need to continue using your ventilator or BPAP during an emergency.
Use these tips as you make your plan, and always follow the instructions from your doctor or other healthcare provider.
Your emergency medical plan should include basic information:
Add the following contact information to your emergency medical plan and cellphone:
How to use
Know how to use all your home ventilator or BPAP equipment. Practice if you need to.
Teach a support person in your home how to use your ventilator or BPAP in case you need help.
What to bring
Teach a support person to gather and transport all your equipment safely if you can’t do it yourself.
Have all your equipment ready to take with you in case you need to leave your home.
Be prepared to keep your equipment working if the power goes out:
To see this information online and learn more, visit https://MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/AfterCareInformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=custom.ab_homevent_bpap_emergencyplan_inst.
Current as of: January 25, 2023
Author: Medicine SCN Respiratory Section, Alberta Health Services
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