image of people on phones and computerIVUN's Past Educational
Conference Calls

Responding to a request from long-time users of home mechanical ventilation, IVUN offered a series of hour-long educational sessions. Presentations are listed below.

First Call:
  IVUN First Educational Conference Call
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 26, No. 5)
  Switching from the PLV-100, 102 (or other volume vent) to the Trilogy
with representative from Philips Respironics.
Second Call:
  IVUN's Second Educational Conference Call
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 26, No. 6)
  Understanding How New Generation Portable Ventilators Can Lighten Your Load
Cyndy Miller, a registered respiratory therapist who has been a clinical educator for more than 26 years. Cyndy specializes in: optimizing mechanical ventilation and synchrony as well as transitioning patients to/use of portable ventilators for long-term ventilation. Cyndy works for Covidien Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions at the Newport Medical, Costa Mesa Office.
Third Call:
  Making a Smooth Transition and Adding Mobility (LTV Series)
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 1)
  Making a Smooth Transition and Adding Mobility (presentation)
with Ronda Bradley MS, RRT Spiritus Consulting
representing Respiratory Technologies – Ventilation division of CareFusion.
Fourth Call:

Tell Me About a Trach Before I Need One
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 2)

  Tell Me About a Trach Before I Need One
with Linda K. Dean, RRT, Educational Consultant and Clinical Specialist, Passy-Muir, Inc.
Fifth Call:

How Polio Survivors Can Avoid Tracheostomies
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 3)

  How Polio Survivors Can Avoid Tracheostomies (presentation)
John R. Bach, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University Hospital, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Sixth Call:
  Dr. Braun Answers Ventilator Users' Questions
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 4)
  “Potpourri: Your Issues about Invasive and Noninvasive Ventilation”
Speaker: Norma MT Braun, MD, FACP, FCCP: Answering Your Questions (45 minutes). Dr. Braun is currently Ombudsman, Clinical Professor of Medicine, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University and Senior Attending, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary/ Critical Care/ Sleep, New York City. Dr. Braun has taught at all levels as a clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University; served on medical boards; published more than 50 papers, abstracts, book chapters and e-internet articles; and most importantly, been a strong and ceaseless advocate for her patients.
Seventh Call:
  Simple Solutions
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 4)

Competitive Bidding Expands: Has it come to your area, yet? What is it? presented by Joan L. Headley.

Beyond the Technical
It Takes A Team Linda Bieniek used non-invasive ventilation for 22 years and a trach for the last seven years. After an emergency bowel obstruction surgery, she went into respiratory failure and was given a trach to save her life. Linda shares her reactions to the many changes she experienced when returning home and how she relieved symptoms of anxiety, depression and loneliness. Linda has written many articles about her disability experience, see Exploring the Option of a Trach,  Intimacy, Sexuality, and Home Mechanical Ventilation: Breathing Intimacy Into Our Lives© and co-wrote a chapter called Psychological issues of the mechanically ventilated patient in Non-invasive Ventilation and Weaning: Principles and Practice [Hardcover].

Simple Solutions (presentation) Nancy Baldwin Carter discusses solving polio problems she encountered by inventing simple devices not available on the market. Nancy has written many articles, too, about her experiences as noninvasive vent-using polio survivor, eg, My Journey through the Basics of Post-Polio Breathing Problems, The Mohs & Me and Surgery and Another Point of View.

Also ...
PAS Resources from Center for Personal Assistance Services
Travel Resources for Ventilator Users from IVUN

Eighth Call:
  Protecting Every Breath and Improving Patient Comfort – S9, VPAP, Stellar and ResMed Interfaces (Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 5)
  Protecting Every Breath and Improving Patient Comfort: The S9s, the Stellar and ResMed Interfaces (presentation)
Michael Madison, RRT, MBA, Respiratory Care SBU, ResMed Corp.
Ninth Call:

My Continuing Medical Education as a Post-Polio Patient/Physician
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 6)
Bonnie Jo Grieve, MD

Tenth Call:
  Biphasic Cuirass Ventilator and the United Hayek RTX Ventilator
(Ventilator-Assisted Living, Vol. 27, No. 6)
  Biphasic Cuirass Ventilation  
and more ... (presentation)
Gary Mefford, Vice President, Hayek Medical

These educational sessions are supported by the March of Dimes.


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