Ventilator-Assisted Living©

Spring 2007, Vol. 21, No. 1

ISSN 1066-534X

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cover of the spring 2007 issue of Ventilator-Assisted LivingPages 1 and 3
How My Vent and I Underwent Radiation Therapy
An experienced ventilator user reminds us that conditions can affect vent users other than the “diagnosis” for using a vent and that doing your homework and being proactive can pay off.

Pages 4-5
Judith R. Fischer, IVUN Information Specialist, and Diana Guth, RRT, explain the new rules for Medicare payment for bilevel ventilators with a backup rate that can initiate breaths.

Page 9
Fischer relates news bits from around the Network and
keeps all of us up-to-date on where and when important
meetings will be held.

Pages 6-8
Interview with Mark Boatman
Paul Kahn, who uses a PLVb-100 24 hours a day, interviews a 31-year-old man with muscular dystrophy who describes the barriers and solutions to being institutionalized. Kahn’s plays have been staged in California, Maine, New York and Rhode Island, and in many venues in his home state of Massachusetts. In addition to writing plays, he is an editor, feature writer and poet.

Page 10
NIV Conference: ICU & Beyond
IVUN has a 20-year history of promoting the international meetings focusing on noninvasive ventilation. IVUN founder Gini Laurie spoke to the gathering in 1988 about the “Utopia of pulmonary rehabilitation – the Polio Regional Respiratory and Rehabilitation Centers” that included “extensive preparation for going home with trial periods of a day, overnight, a weekend. At first the centers trained the attendants, but the turnover was so rapid that it was obvious the most effective method was to train the ventilator user to hire and train his/her own attendants. The home care programs resulted in financial savings and a greater degree of independence and self-sufficiency than were ever dreamed possible for people so severely disabled.”

Page 12
Our work is supported by your Memberships and the contributions of our sponsors and supporters. In the near future, we will be asking you for your preferences and opinions regarding Ventilator-Assisted Living.

–Joan L. Headley, Executive Director of IVUN

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