Respirators are electrically, electromagnetically or pneumatically driven ventilators.

They are suitable for the artificial respiration of people who themselves can only breathe insufficiently or are exposed.

In home use, respirators are mostly used for sleep-related respiratory disorders (e.g. sleep apnoea). Here the respirator performs "supportive spontaneous breathing". The prerequisite is that the person can still control the breathing frequency and depth independently.

Respirators can be found in the GKV's list of aids under product group 14 "Inhalation and respiratory therapy devices".

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