respiratory devices

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
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...
posted on July 1, 2007 - 10:11am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
When neuromuscular disease weakens the muscles used for breathing, many people benefit greatly from noninvasive ventilation (NIV), which can add years of breathing support. But when a tracheostomy and ventilator are suggested for better breathing, some people see NIV as “enough” and a trach and vent as somehow “too much.” When a person’s overall quality of life is no longer acceptable, that’s...