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...

No clear way for air travelers to comply with new respiratory equipment rule results in frustration and canceled vacations

posted on June 25, 2009 - 4:34pm
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.

Funding challenges and options

posted on May 1, 2008 - 9:34am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 3
The money game often is riddled with bureaucratic red tape and frustration. However, solutions exist that can help you find the funds you need to win the game. The following articles look at different financial strategies for getting adaptive equipment, home modifications, accessible vehicles, college tuition, medications and more. In every case, it’s necessary to investigate your options, be...

Air travelers using respiratory equipment must follow new labeling regulations — or risk losing their seats

posted on June 4, 2006 - 9:00pm
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....

The other side of the mountain

posted on June 1, 2001 - 9:47pm
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1997