No clear way for air travelers to comply with new respiratory equipment rule results in frustration and canceled vacations
A May 13 ruling from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is proving a headache for manufacturers of respiratory equipment and a frustration for commercial air travelers who rely on ventilators, respirators, positive airway pressure devices such as CPAP and BiPAP, or personal oxygen concentrators.
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.
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Editor’s note: In the last issue of Quest, Diane Huberty told readers why she was happy with getting her breathing assistance (ventilation) through a tracheostomy tube with a volume ventilator (see “Truth, Lies and Tracheostomies,” July-August 2007). In the following article, Michael Munn tells readers why he prefers having a mask or mouthpiece with the same type of ventilator.
Air travelers using respiratory equipment must follow new labeling regulations — or risk losing their seats
Travelers with respiratory difficulties who use commercial airlines need to be aware of a new labeling requirement for ventilators, respirators, positive airway pressure devices (i.e., CPAP, BiPAP) and personal oxygen concentrators.
Trying to travel without following the new regulations can result in being denied a seat, or being required to turn off the respiratory equipment during the flight....
Portable but powerful equipment, skilled guidance make noninvasive ventilation an option for many
Mike Neufeldt, 25, has been using a ventilator without a tracheostomy tube since he was 15. During the day, he uses a "sip" mouthpiece.