New ventilator has an odor to it!
So, our DME called us saying they need to get to us before the end of the month to swap out one of our ventilators. They came today and did the switch. I put Tommy on the ventilator tonight to go to bed. A little while later I went to suction him and noticed a strong odor from his trach. When I bent over to smell, it was evident that it was coming from the vent. I detatched the circuit and you could smell it comming straight from the vent. Between Maggie, myself and the nurse, we cannot place the smell. It is either cigarette smoke, a cleaner or the nurse thinks a slight mildew smell.
Ironically, the guy that dropped off the vent left the old one behind by accident. We were not home when he came to pick it back up, which worked out to our advantage.
At first, I just wanted to get the guy out here to replace the vent, but the more I think about it, I want to know what my son was having forced into his lungs for almost five minutes, and could have been longer if I did not need to suction him at that time. What would you guys do. I know our DME, we are going to send it back, and they are just going to say "We don't know what it was" and make sure you smell the next one.
Father (and mother) to Tommy, born via an emergency EXIT to Trache 8/1/06. Diagnosed with Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome (CHAOS). VACTERRS Syndrome. Vocal cords completely fused until Double Staged LTP 03-03-08, refused shortly after stent was removed. Second Double Stage LTP 1-20-09.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”