Ventilators and Respiratory Devices

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:02am
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From his first washing-machine-sized vent to his current ‘toy’ model, writer Mike Murphy has borne witness to the evolution of a lifesaving technology

posted on January 7, 2013 - 9:25am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 1
For some reason, June 27 keeps popping up in my family’s history. June 27, 1889, was my grandfather’s birthday. It was also the date upon which he married my  grandmother, 20-some years later. On a far less significant — but fun — note: It was on June 27, 1977, that my parents loaded me up in our powder blue Pinto station wagon, and took me to the movie theater to see the original “Star Wars...

A physician with mitochondrial myopathy describes undergoing and taking care of her tracheostomy

posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:23am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
I am writing this article about getting a tracheostomy for others with muscular dystrophies. Many patients are reluctant to have the procedure done because they fear they will lose the ability to talk or to swallow. Neither is true. And, the new trach tubes make it possible to easily take care of a tracheostomy and the tubes.

From an evacuation to a power outage to a simple family emergency — do you have a plan that accommodates your special needs?

posted on September 3, 2010 - 10:43am
As storm season whips up, it’s wise to take stock of your emergency plan, especially if your mobility is limited. Two veterans of weather emergencies — Barbara Twardowski of Mandeville, La. (who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and uses a power chair) and Shelley Obrand of Davie, Fla. (who has a nonspecific form of muscular dystrophy and uses a power chair and respiratory assistance device) —...

Air travelers “hostile” as new required labels for respiratory equipment fail to materialize

posted on July 15, 2009 - 5:27pm
Vent, CPAP and BiPAP users can expect to encounter ongoing obstacles if they plan to fly on commercial airlines in the near future. Interviews with government and industry representatives show that the special labeling required for such equipment still has not been created, and no one – except the frustrated and angry travelers affected by the ruling – seems to consider it an urgent matter. The...

Short, free guide answers questions about the ADA and other disability rights laws

posted on July 13, 2009 - 4:27pm
“Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives.” So says attorney Jacquie Brennan, the author of a new guide to disability rights laws, The Disability Law Handbook, that recently was released by the Southwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center...
posted on July 1, 2009 - 1:43pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
Traveling by air can be a nightmare when a traveler’s special needs run up against an inflexible, unsympathetic bureaucracy — as Julianna Dombrowski of Greenacres, Fla., found out the hard way. In July last year, Dombrowski, 54, booked a Delta Airlines trip from West Palm Beach to visit family in Harrisburg, Pa., with a connecting flight in Atlanta.
posted on March 1, 2008 - 3:31pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 2
Once upon a time, there was a young woman named Goldilocks. She went to visit her MDA clinic for an appointment with a respiratory therapist (RT) because her doctor said she needed help to breathe better. Goldilocks was going to try on a variety of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) interfaces and find the one that was just right.