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.

@stewie

I don't have a BiPaps machine Mine is a ventulator, I have stage 4 COPD, It has really helped a lot with my breathing during the day. I have no problem with the hose, Just the mask but I am working on a few things. Thanks so much for your input

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The latest nose pillow strap will help. I went from noisy to almost quiet with my last strap which is flat and stiff. I tolerate the pressure easier and it’s easier to adjust.

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Does the Trilogy vent make you feel tired after first use.

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@bosabear20

Does the Trilogy vent make you feel tired after first use.

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Hello @bosabear20 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Members like @cepheid815 @stewie and @ess77 may be able to share their experiences with you.

Was this your experience? If so, how long have you been using the Trilogy?

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@robertjr

Sorry took so long to write in.Been in hos.with ankle surgery.Trilogy sounds like portable bipap with battery.useing mask seems ok ,but putting tube in me by someone other than nurse or doctormames me nervous,i ve been on ve tillator 5times.All at hospital.Infuture i most likely will need a trilogy,close toend stage now but right now bipap helps alot and can use during days..

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Why do you think you have to put a tube in for a trilogy machine?

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Does anyone know if a trilogy machine tells you if someone isnt breathing and has passed and does machine keep working like they are breathing. Thanks

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@ann1415

Does anyone know if a trilogy machine tells you if someone isnt breathing and has passed and does machine keep working like they are breathing. Thanks

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Hi Ann, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. That is a very good question. Have you asked a pulmonologist? You could also contact the maker of the Trilogy machine https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/about/contact#!=

I'd be interested in what you learn.

Are you the caregiver for someone who uses a Trilogy machine?

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