Questions about 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.

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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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I have been using the Trilogy for 10 nights now . I got used to the mask with the memory foam immediately. Here is my only concern. I cannot seem to sleep more than about 3 hours. I feel very fresh as I'm getting what I need into my lungs which in turn will help my heart function. I think it works fabulously but I get up for awhile and after about an hour I try again and sleep for 2 hours more. I was in I.C.U. for 10 days so maybe my body is still adjusting? But at least I know this 'mouth breather' isn't depriving the heart of the proper oxygen anymore. Best wishes to all of you.

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Hello @vincejames and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your experience with your Trilogy. The fact that you are feeling fresh sounds really promising, and as you mentioned, perhaps your sleep schedule is still regulating from your stay in the ICU.

Will you come back and update us when you have had some more time to see if your sleep pattern regulates and give another update?

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@amandajro

Hello @vincejames and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your experience with your Trilogy. The fact that you are feeling fresh sounds really promising, and as you mentioned, perhaps your sleep schedule is still regulating from your stay in the ICU.

Will you come back and update us when you have had some more time to see if your sleep pattern regulates and give another update?

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Absolutely I will.I I hope that anything I provide will help others.

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i have never had any insomnia and the last 2 nights I have slept 3 1/2 hrs. Doctor yesterday took blood to test for 'low blood sugar'. I wake up mentally sharp and physically well rested however a bit lightheaded. My mom and one sister had that condition and would occasionally faint.

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