Ventilator-Assisted Living©

Fall 2005, Vol. 19, No. 3



image of PLV ContinuumRespironics, Inc., announces the release of its new PLV® Continuum.™ The Continuum is a smaller, lighter (20 lbs.) version of the PLV®-100, but it can also provide pressure support and pressure control. Peak inspiratory pressure is 99 cm H2O.

It can also be used with children weighing more than 5 kg. A future issue of Ventilator-Assisted Living will include comments by ventilator users who are transitioning to the Continuum.


The Federal Aviation Administration under the U.S. Department of Transportation released a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) approving the use of portable oxygen concentrator devices brought onboard commercial aircraft by passengers, effective August 11, 2005. The only devices pre-approved for use now are the Inogen One ( and Lifestyle. Each airline is currently revising its policy.

For the complete SFAR, go to “Use of Certain Portable Oxygen Concentrator Devices Onboard Aircraft,” Docket No.: FAA 2004-18596; SFAR No. 106, RIN 2120-A130.













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