The Use of a Trilogy Machine

Posted by Errol, Alumni Mentor @duvie, Mar 2, 2018

Hello Everyone, Pt diagnosed with COPD and congestive heart failure this time last year. Has been readmitted 1/19/18 to 1/31/18 out for about 2 weeks and admitted again for 4 days for shortness of breath and slight fever. Went to the PCP Tues. for follow-up and there was talk of placing her on a triolgy machine. She currently uses an oxygen cannula during the day and a Bipap at night.

My questions are;
1)…Is this almost the same as a Bipap?
2)…How is it different?
3)…Do they prescribe this for end stage COPD?
4)…Does the use of a Triolgy machine mean permanent use?
5)…What are the pros and cons of use?
6)…How do patients feel about use it?
7)…Any questions to ask the pulmonary Dr next Friday?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

@cchristoph

If I am doing fine on inhaler 2x/day and oxygen at night to sleep, is there any reason I should switch to the Trilogy machine…or is that the next step??

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I’ve heard good things bout trilogy

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@bowens

My sister has been on the trilogy for almost two years now, as I'm writing this she is her last few hours of life. Her doctor have given her 6 months to live on at least 4 occasions. First started about 6 years ago. This machine has helped to keep her around far longer than anyone could have guessed. She is on 30lpm @90%. She has had to be on the trilogy or an airvo (which she use so she could eat). We have found this to be a wonderful machine. What we found when we were trying to get one is that they are very difficult to get for every day home use. You have to get them through a medical phacilialty. Nursing home, hospice or hospital. It is very much like a ventalor but is NON-invasive.

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I’m at a nursing home owed by the VA don’t know if they recognized or approved of that trilogy yet

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@walkro9

I’m at a nursing home owed by the VA don’t know if they recognized or approved of that trilogy yet

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I’m trying to get n answer

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@bowens

My sister has been on the trilogy for almost two years now, as I'm writing this she is her last few hours of life. Her doctor have given her 6 months to live on at least 4 occasions. First started about 6 years ago. This machine has helped to keep her around far longer than anyone could have guessed. She is on 30lpm @90%. She has had to be on the trilogy or an airvo (which she use so she could eat). We have found this to be a wonderful machine. What we found when we were trying to get one is that they are very difficult to get for every day home use. You have to get them through a medical phacilialty. Nursing home, hospice or hospital. It is very much like a ventalor but is NON-invasive.

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Bowens, I hope you and your family are well. Thank you for sharing your sister’s experience. My mom has just been prescribed trilogy. Her health was very dire so we have been so hopeful for this “new” treatment plan.

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This is the best machine for copd patients ive been on it for 2 yrs almost 3 and it keeps me out of the hospital.I was on life support last April for 9 days im truly blessed to be here Stage 3 C O P D The trilogy cleans carbon monixcide out of your system and if your short of breath it will help catch you back up.If you can get one need to get it Medicare covers the whole bill on it

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I can't seem to locate it but I received a comment about Trilogy machines being covered 100$ by Medicare. Any truth to that?

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I have copd "stage 4" The trilogy machine has been a life saver for me. Use the trilogy at night with oxygen and breathing much better.

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I have copd stage 4 as well. What is the trilogy machine? My symptoms have gotten much, much worse in the last 4-5 months after a cold. I’m looking for anything to help. I’m on oxygen concentrator practically 24/7, can’t do my housework, and many other things. Anxiety and depression starting to set in…something that I didn’t have before. I haven’t heard if trilogy machine.

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Hi @protem and @cheri46, welcome to you both.

Cheri, here is some information about the Trilogy machine from the manufacturer. In short, it is a device used to help breathe when it becomes difficult to breathe at any time of the day.
https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/product/HCNOCTN98/respironics-trilogy-202-ventilator
Protem @brucerhowell @sulaha143 @dreeves can tell you more about it from first hand experience.

I can certainly understand about anxiety and depression starting to set in. You may wish to join others living with COPD in this discussion:
– COPD and Emphysema: Want to connect with others https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/copd-emphysema/

You're not alone.

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@cheri46

I have copd stage 4 as well. What is the trilogy machine? My symptoms have gotten much, much worse in the last 4-5 months after a cold. I’m looking for anything to help. I’m on oxygen concentrator practically 24/7, can’t do my housework, and many other things. Anxiety and depression starting to set in…something that I didn’t have before. I haven’t heard if trilogy machine.

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I have the trilogy machine and the machine is a life saver for me. I am in stage 4 copd with chronic bronchitis and used the trilogy every night and sometimes in the daytime. I'm on oxygen 24/7. This machine helps my breathing 100%. Because of my doctors help I have this machine. Please talk with your doctor.

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I’m new using Trilogy. Last night I used it 7-8 hours when I got up my eyes were so swollen I could barely open them
Has anyone else had this problem!

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went for a sleep study because my blood oxygen was going down im on night time oxygen now , had bypass surgery in july, could this of made this happen? never smoked never short of breath, doctor is trying nebulizer , lung vest, and bipap. does this make sence to anyone??im completely with out a clue!!

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