Comments for portalung.com Blog http://portalung.com/blog Just another WordPress weblog Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:27:39 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 Comment on Innovation in Negative Pressure Vents by submarine susie http://portalung.com/blog/2008/10/04/pegaso-cough-assistance/%#comment-72 submarine susie Sat, 29 Nov 2008 18:04:33 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=80#comment-72 Thank you, Salaz01, yes I did. The Respironics Cough Assist device looks like a nifty machine. The Cough Assist devices help prevent respiratory tract infections so that you can stay out of the hospital when you get a cold and can't cough yourself. I have been hospitalized on more than one occasion for bronchopulmonary infections due to thick secretions. I was reading how the Pegaso Cough Assist is better than a suction machine because it gets the secretions up with a simulation of a cough so it is non-invasive. For someone like me who has to be suctioned alot, that sounds really cool!!! :) :D Compared with the Respironics Cough Assist, the Pegaso is very lightweight and portable which allows the patient to take it with them to the workplace, school - wherever they go! So it allows them to maintain their freedom and fulfill their dreams. When I watched the youtube video of the Respironics Cough Assist, I was impressed by the fact that Patrick could use a machine like the cough assist and have it in on his power chair while working as an attorney for a law firm. Now it is possible for patients with similar diseases as Patrick to clear their secretions with even more ease using the Pegaso Cough Assist. Just as the Respironics model was portable, the Pegaso is 20 lbs lighter and easy to use. Being lighter, it is easier to hide so that the patient doesn't have to stand out like a sore thumb in a crowd. I DEFINITELY go for discretion and inconspicuousness. I like people to notice for my personality, not by the equipment I carry around with me. :) Of course, the best part of the Pegaso is it is affordable and will be easy to ship to other countries due to less weight. It seems like a nice alternative to suctioning. As one who has excess saliva and difficulty swallowing, I have to be suctioned fairly frequently and I don't like it. Suctioning is not a practical solution for clearing secretions because as soon as you insert the suction catheter into the throat, it chokes the patient and causes more secretions. The Pegaso looks like a great machine worth purchasing! Thank you, Salaz01, yes I did. The Respironics Cough Assist device looks like a nifty machine. The Cough Assist devices help prevent respiratory tract infections so that you can stay out of the hospital when you get a cold and can’t cough yourself. I have been hospitalized on more than one occasion for bronchopulmonary infections due to thick secretions. I was reading how the Pegaso Cough Assist is better than a suction machine because it gets the secretions up with a simulation of a cough so it is non-invasive. For someone like me who has to be suctioned alot, that sounds really cool!!! :) :D
Compared with the Respironics Cough Assist, the Pegaso is very lightweight and portable which allows the patient to take it with them to the workplace, school - wherever they go! So it allows them to maintain their freedom and fulfill their dreams. When I watched the youtube video of the Respironics Cough Assist, I was impressed by the fact that Patrick could use a machine like the cough assist and have it in on his power chair while working as an attorney for a law firm. Now it is possible for patients with similar diseases as Patrick to clear their secretions with even more ease using the Pegaso Cough Assist. Just as the Respironics model was portable, the Pegaso is 20 lbs lighter and easy to use. Being lighter, it is easier to hide so that the patient doesn’t have to stand out like a sore thumb in a crowd. I DEFINITELY go for discretion and inconspicuousness. I like people to notice for my personality, not by the equipment I carry around with me. :)
Of course, the best part of the Pegaso is it is affordable and will be easy to ship to other countries due to less weight.

It seems like a nice alternative to suctioning. As one who has excess saliva and difficulty swallowing, I have to be suctioned fairly frequently and I don’t like it. Suctioning is not a practical solution for clearing secretions because as soon as you insert the suction catheter into the throat, it chokes the patient and causes more secretions. The Pegaso looks like a great machine worth purchasing!

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Comment on Innovation in Negative Pressure Vents by salaz01 http://portalung.com/blog/2008/10/04/pegaso-cough-assistance/%#comment-71 salaz01 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:23:01 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=80#comment-71 Susie, I was wondering if you had a chance to see that Repironics Cough Assist devise video clip on Youtube? I am attaching the link for bloggers to catch. I found it very interesting and informative, what are your thoughts? And how does the Pegasso Cough Assistant compare? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcrQtygDUWs Susie,
I was wondering if you had a chance to see that Repironics Cough Assist devise video clip on Youtube? I am attaching the link for bloggers to catch. I found it very interesting and informative, what are your thoughts? And how does the Pegasso Cough Assistant compare?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcrQtygDUWs

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Comment on Elevation while Congested is Key by submarine susie http://portalung.com/blog/2008/08/18/elevation-while-congested/%#comment-70 submarine susie Sat, 15 Nov 2008 20:41:11 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=78#comment-70 Here are some ideas for allowing one to get in and out of the porta-lung unassisted. 1) Reverse the latches to allow the fiberglass to be unlatched from the inside rather from the outside 2) Put a bar or heavy duty rope along the bottom of the door on the inside that allows the user to lift the door open 3) Reverse the collar so that the hardware for closing and releasing it is on the inside so the user can reach up to do it themselves 4) An electrical box or remote device for turning the vent on and off. Here are some ideas for allowing one to get in and out of the porta-lung unassisted.

1) Reverse the latches to allow the fiberglass to be unlatched from the inside rather from the outside
2) Put a bar or heavy duty rope along the bottom of the door on the inside that allows the user to lift the door open
3) Reverse the collar so that the hardware for closing and releasing it is on the inside so the user can reach up to do it themselves
4) An electrical box or remote device for turning the vent on and off.

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Comment on A Cordial Invitation by submarine susie http://portalung.com/blog/2008/09/02/a-cordial-invitation/%#comment-69 submarine susie Sat, 15 Nov 2008 20:00:15 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=79#comment-69 I imagine wearing a mask would be very uncomfortable. The porta-lung is the size of a single bed so it can fit in a small bedroom in one's home very easily. It costs under 10k so one would probably have to get their insurance to help with the cost. It is fairly simply for a family member to help a person get in and out of the porta-lung, especially if the patient is mobile. The one assisting only has to know how to work the NEV 100 (turn it on and off), learn the settings that are right for the user and set the settings on the machine, and then how to close the collar/yoke of the porta-lung. The collar/yoke simply insures the chamber maintains an airtight seal. Porta-lung Inc has had a request for an extra large porta-lung. He is a post polio patient who is overweight and enjoyed using the iron lung many years ago. I don't know exactly what Porta-Lung Inc is doing to accomadate his needs but I know that this person in the porta-lung because it is much like the iron lung and he thought the porta-lung would improve his health, just as the iron lung did. Yes, you can roll over in the porta-lung and turn your head from side to side within the parameters of the fastened collar around the neck. I think Porta-Lung can design a chamber that is a little wider so that it can comfortably accomodate an overweight person. For the average physically mobile person, Porta-Lung Inc needs to make some redesign changes to make it possible for the patient to get in and out of the chamber without assistance. It is SOOOOOOOO IMPORTANT for the company to advertise the flexibility, mobility, and independence that comes to the respiratory impaired patient when they own a porta-lung. Two Great Things About the Porta-Lung 1) NO DOCTORS, NURSES OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS NEED TO BE PRESENT 24/7 TO MONITOR THE BREATHING OF THE PORTA-LUNG FOR THE LONG TERM. Once the patient/caregiver(s) goes through the training session in using the porta-lung they can manage it very well on their own. Porta-Lung has to hear the needs of the average person who needs a respirator either for the long term or short term. For the patient who can function physically on his/her own, they need to make some redesign changes to allow them to get in the machine at whatever time the patient wants to go to bed and get out of the machine in the morning to go about his/her day without having to rely on the assistance of another person. The porta-lung was invented from the principle of the iron lung to allow the user more flexibility/mobility, but they need still need to make advancement. From what I see, it wouldn't take much to update the design to fit the times and people's busy lifestyles. 2) YOU CAN TRANSPORT THE PORTA-LUNG IN A HIGHTOP OR TEN PASSENGER VAN AND YOU CAN SET IT UP IN A HOTEL ROOM for going on vacation. I imagine wearing a mask would be very uncomfortable. The porta-lung is the size of a single bed so it can fit in a small bedroom in one’s home very easily. It costs under 10k so one would probably have to get their insurance to help with the cost. It is fairly simply for a family member to help a person get in and out of the porta-lung, especially if the patient is mobile. The one assisting only has to know how to work the NEV 100 (turn it on and off), learn the settings that are right for the user and set the settings on the machine, and then how to close the collar/yoke of the porta-lung. The collar/yoke simply insures the chamber maintains an airtight seal. Porta-lung Inc has had a request for an extra large porta-lung. He is a post polio patient who is overweight and enjoyed using the iron lung many years ago. I don’t know exactly what Porta-Lung Inc is doing to accomadate his needs but I know that this person in the porta-lung because it is much like the iron lung and he thought the porta-lung would improve his health, just as the iron lung did.

Yes, you can roll over in the porta-lung and turn your head from side to side within the parameters of the fastened collar around the neck. I think Porta-Lung can design a chamber that is a little wider so that it can comfortably accomodate an overweight person. For the average physically mobile person, Porta-Lung Inc needs to make some redesign changes to make it possible for the patient to get in and out of the chamber without assistance. It is SOOOOOOOO IMPORTANT for the company to advertise the flexibility, mobility, and independence that comes to the respiratory impaired patient when they own a porta-lung.

Two Great Things About the Porta-Lung
1) NO DOCTORS, NURSES OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS NEED TO BE PRESENT 24/7 TO MONITOR THE BREATHING OF THE PORTA-LUNG FOR THE LONG TERM. Once the patient/caregiver(s) goes through the training session in using the porta-lung they can manage it very well on their own.

Porta-Lung has to hear the needs of the average person who needs a respirator either for the long term or short term. For the patient who can function physically on his/her own, they need to make some redesign changes to allow them to get in the machine at whatever time the patient wants to go to bed and get out of the machine in the morning to go about his/her day without having to rely on the assistance of another person. The porta-lung was invented from the principle of the iron lung to allow the user more flexibility/mobility, but they need still need to make advancement. From what I see, it wouldn’t take much to update the design to fit the times and people’s busy lifestyles.

2) YOU CAN TRANSPORT THE PORTA-LUNG IN A HIGHTOP OR TEN PASSENGER VAN AND YOU CAN SET IT UP IN A HOTEL ROOM for going on vacation.

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Comment on Achieving Your Goals Inside the Porta-Lung by submarine susie http://portalung.com/blog/2008/07/04/achieving-your-goals-inside-the-porta-lung/%#comment-68 submarine susie Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:13:34 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=67#comment-68 Great minds think alike Toolbox! But, why do you need a computer type system to turn the vent on and off? Why not a simpler method like a remote on a tv? Hook up a wire that attaches to the vent power and feed it through the port holes on the top of the porta-lung and this wire would attach to a little remote whereby you can turn the machine on or off. Great minds think alike Toolbox! But, why do you need a computer type system to turn the vent on and off? Why not a simpler method like a remote on a tv? Hook up a wire that attaches to the vent power and feed it through the port holes on the top of the porta-lung and this wire would attach to a little remote whereby you can turn the machine on or off.

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Comment on Easy Transportation with Porta-Lung by toolbox http://portalung.com/blog/2008/06/27/easy-transportation-with-porta-lung/%#comment-67 toolbox Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:43:04 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=56#comment-67 fiberglass fiberglass

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Comment on A Cordial Invitation by toolbox http://portalung.com/blog/2008/09/02/a-cordial-invitation/%#comment-66 toolbox Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:40:06 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=79#comment-66 I think that just a couple of years ago Porta-Lung had designed and made an "oversized porta-lung for a girl in the "land down under". I do not know if he can build more or not. If Porta-Lung were to use the design that I created for getting into and out of or a similar design then the answer to your question yoedaily is yes. Also yes one can roll over on one's side. Your body can change positions to the point that your neck remains in the yoke. I think that just a couple of years ago Porta-Lung had designed and made an “oversized porta-lung for a girl in the “land down under”. I do not know if he can build more or not. If Porta-Lung were to use the design that I created for getting into and out of or a similar design then the answer to your question yoedaily is yes. Also yes one can roll over on one’s side. Your body can change positions to the point that your neck remains in the yoke.

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Comment on Achieving Your Goals Inside the Porta-Lung by toolbox http://portalung.com/blog/2008/07/04/achieving-your-goals-inside-the-porta-lung/%#comment-65 toolbox Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:25:51 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=67#comment-65 If one can use their hands then using a computer while inside the porta-lung is as easiy as putting the keyboard & mouse on the inside to use your hands. While the monitor is on the outside you can still type on the inside. Just have the monitor visiable to the user. There are holes bu which you can feed the cables through. If one can use their hands then using a computer while inside the porta-lung is as easiy as putting the keyboard & mouse on the inside to use your hands. While the monitor is on the outside you can still type on the inside. Just have the monitor visiable to the user. There are holes bu which you can feed the cables through.

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Comment on A Cordial Invitation by yoedaily http://portalung.com/blog/2008/09/02/a-cordial-invitation/%#comment-64 yoedaily Thu, 13 Nov 2008 01:02:28 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=79#comment-64 Dear Susie, The friends I have that are in need of help are all fully grown men usually overweight. They lead active lives and have wives and children. Is the respirator a viable option as far as cost as well as space in a home. One friend in particular is 240plus pounds and overweight. He currently wears a mask at night and is very uncomfortable. Is it possible to have a lung large enough for a man this size? Is sleeping in the lung cramped or confining? Is it possible to roll over or change position in the lung? let me know thanks for the help Yoedaily Dear Susie,
The friends I have that are in need of help are all fully grown men usually overweight. They lead active lives and have wives and children. Is the respirator a viable option as far as cost as well as space in a home. One friend in particular is 240plus pounds and overweight. He currently wears a mask at night and is very uncomfortable. Is it possible to have a lung large enough for a man this size? Is sleeping in the lung cramped or confining? Is it possible to roll over or change position in the lung? let me know thanks for the help Yoedaily

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Comment on Elevation while Congested is Key by submarine susie http://portalung.com/blog/2008/08/18/elevation-while-congested/%#comment-63 submarine susie Mon, 10 Nov 2008 21:03:30 +0000 http://portalung.com/blog/?p=78#comment-63 Great question, curiousC! Studies have been done with the porta-lung for the following diseases and I know of a few people with some of these illnesses who are currently using the porta-lung. For example, I have talked personally with a young man from Texas with muscular dystrophy who loves the porta-lung and uses it quite often for resting purposes throughout the day (if he needs to). I'm sure there are people with spinal muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis, post polio muscular atrophy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic respiratory failure, etc that have used or currently use the porta-lung. There have been studies done with the porta-lung for non-obstructive central sleep apnea at John Hopkins where they found that the porta-lung was very beneficial to sleep apnea patients because it increased their lung volume and decreased the obstruction to their upper airways. Porta-lung is currently trying to market a computerized ventilator (similarly to the NEV 100 that I currently use) called the Pegaso Cough Assist which would be extremely beneficial to cystic fibrosis patients. You can read about this neat invention here: http://portalung.com/CaughAssist.htm. With the help of the Pegaso ventilator cystic fibrosis can cough up their secretions and remain inside the porta-lung for rest. If a person has to cough all the time, I would imagine it can become quite exhausting and even stressful on the lungs. Getting the strength to cough is often very difficult for a person with respiratory problems and sometimes you can lose lung volume. Therefore, it is always very comforting to know that there is a respirator you can go to when you need to have some help with breathing. :) Cystic fibrosis experience blockage to the lungs with the constant build-up of thick sticky mucous and you folks need a respirator like the porta-lung which will expand your lung capacity. Other treatments for cystic fibrosis can certainly be used in conjuction with the porta-lung. The porta-lung is a non-invasive respirator so it can be used with various homeopathic remedies and medical treatments too. The porta-lung can be adapted to fit a person's lifestyle - meaning you can receive the necessary bronchial drainage just by tipping the mattress inside the machine and/or elevating the head or foot of the tank with books. Porta-lung is thinking of inventing a gurney that will accomplish the bronchial drainage to suit the individual's needs. I think this would be a good invention! Great question, curiousC!

Studies have been done with the porta-lung for the following diseases and I know of a few people with some of these illnesses who are currently using the porta-lung. For example, I have talked personally with a young man from Texas with muscular dystrophy who loves the porta-lung and uses it quite often for resting purposes throughout the day (if he needs to). I’m sure there are people with spinal muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis, post polio muscular atrophy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic respiratory failure, etc that have used or currently use the porta-lung. There have been studies done with the porta-lung for non-obstructive central sleep apnea at John Hopkins where they found that the porta-lung was very beneficial to sleep apnea patients because it increased their lung volume and decreased the obstruction to their upper airways.

Porta-lung is currently trying to market a computerized ventilator (similarly to the NEV 100 that I currently use) called the Pegaso Cough Assist which would be extremely beneficial to cystic fibrosis patients. You can read about this neat invention here: http://portalung.com/CaughAssist.htm. With the help of the Pegaso ventilator cystic fibrosis can cough up their secretions and remain inside the porta-lung for rest. If a person has to cough all the time, I would imagine it can become quite exhausting and even stressful on the lungs. Getting the strength to cough is often very difficult for a person with respiratory problems and sometimes you can lose lung volume. Therefore, it is always very comforting to know that there is a respirator you can go to when you need to have some help with breathing. :) Cystic fibrosis experience blockage to the lungs with the constant build-up of thick sticky mucous and you folks need a respirator like the porta-lung which will expand your lung capacity.

Other treatments for cystic fibrosis can certainly be used in conjuction with the porta-lung. The porta-lung is a non-invasive respirator so it can be used with various homeopathic remedies and medical treatments too.

The porta-lung can be adapted to fit a person’s lifestyle - meaning you can receive the necessary bronchial drainage just by tipping the mattress inside the machine and/or elevating the head or foot of the tank with books. Porta-lung is thinking of inventing a gurney that will accomplish the bronchial drainage to suit the individual’s needs. I think this would be a good invention!

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