Glossary

Ventilator (or "Vent")
A machine that helps a person breathe by pushing air, and sometimes oxygen, through a tube in the throat. This is sometimes called a "breathing machine."
Tracheostomy (or "Trach")

A tube that goes through the throat and into the airway. A ventilator can be hooked up to a tracheostomy.

BiPAP
Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure: A machine that helps a person breathe by pushing air, and sometimes oxygen, through a mask. Straps keep the mask in place on the face.
Palliative Care
Palliative care aims to reduce a child’s pain or discomfort. Palliative care also helps families consider what is most important to them. Palliative care specialists provide an extra layer of support for children with serious illness and their families.
Hospice

Hospice is a specialized area of Palliative Care that supports patients and families at the end of life.