While there are many conditions that may require ventilation, one of the most common conditions related to high-frequency ventilation is respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). RDS often occurs in infants, and can be present from birth. Oftentimes premature babies are born with RDS and must use a high-frequency ventilation system from the first moments of life. RDS can be caused by birth defect, damage or even disease.
Since an infant’s lungs are so fragile and can be undeveloped, the high-frequency ventilation treatment provides the right amount of pressure and oxygen to the lungs to avoid damage. This allows prolonged support for the infant’s breathing while the cause of the RDS is treated.