Noninvasive volume ventilation systems go beyond 'BiPAP'
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.
World-famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” He really knew what he was talking about, especially when it comes to the concept of trach chic.
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.
The other side of the mountain
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1997
"People always think speech therapy is related to speech and not to assistive technology or swallowing disorders," says Sharon Veis, a speech-language pathologist at the Voice, Speech and Language Service and Swallowing Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.
Veis says she doesn't mind being called a "speech therapist," but she and other speech professionals prefer the term used by the...