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

posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:23am
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.

Noninvasive volume ventilation systems go beyond 'BiPAP'

posted on September 1, 2007 - 10:12am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 5
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.
posted on November 1, 2005 - 10:01am
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 6
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

posted on September 1, 2003 - 2:49pm
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

posted on June 1, 2001 - 9:47pm
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1997
posted on February 1, 2001 - 3:10pm
"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...