The machine can be a small portable pediatric ventilator used for young patients who need a home ventilator. These mini-machines have all the capabilities of the larger hospital versions, except they are easy to move. They also run on a battery for up to 8 hours, so the ventilator can support the breathing of an infant or child when away from another power source, such as an electrical outlet.

 A ventilator machine also can be a huge and overwhelming piece of equipment in a pediatric intensive care unit or hospital room. The ventilator may be frightening at first. A parent is likely to become more comfortable with the alarms and other sounds of the machine as it works to support the rhythmic breathing of the child and the parent learns more about it.