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Mechanical Ventilators vs. Diaphragm Pacing


Mechanical Ventilators and Diaphragm Pacing Mechanical ventilation (MV) is often used to assist in breathing when injury or illness makes it difficult or impossible for the patient to breathe on their own. Although this may be used temporarily for some conditions, other conditions require mechanical ventilation on a full-time or near-full time basis. Mechanical ventilators [...]

Mechanical Ventilators vs. Diaphragm Pacing2020-11-12T14:12:40+00:00

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Masks and Central Sleep Apnea


(Note: if you are familiar with the different types of sleep apnea and would like to jump straight to information on OSA masks leading to CSA, you can click here) Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep.  There are multiple types of sleep apnea that can occur, and are [...]

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Masks and Central Sleep Apnea2020-11-12T14:12:53+00:00

Spinal Cord Injury and Breathing


There are an estimated 288,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States alone, with an estimated 17,700 new cases each year. In many of these cases, breathing assistance is required. There are multiple options available, though many people, including physicians, are not always aware of the options that are available. For quadriplegic [...]

Spinal Cord Injury and Breathing2020-12-22T16:21:38+00:00

Spinal Cord Injury Treatments


The spinal cord extends from the base of the brain downward, so at any point along the spinal cord, direct or indirect damage can result in spinal cord injury. When either direct (such as trauma) or indirect damage (from disease or indirect trauma) of the spinal cord occurs, immediate medical attention is required to avoid [...]

Spinal Cord Injury Treatments2020-11-12T14:13:34+00:00

Understanding Mechanical Ventilation for Quadriplegia


One of the major issues facing persons with quadriplegia is the need for breathing assistance. While an injury at the C5 vertebrae or lower typically does not affect breathing, injuries above the C4 do often require ventilatory assistance. Individuals with injuries at the C1 and C2 level are dependent on assistance for breathing. Typically, [...]

Understanding Mechanical Ventilation for Quadriplegia2020-12-22T16:24:01+00:00

Breathing with Quadriplegia


For most people, breathing is a natural action. We do not think about it, yet is vital to our existence. But for those living with quadriplegia, the muscles required for breathing are paralyzed, rendering them unable to breathe on their own without mechanical assistance. Quadriplegia (or tetraplegia) is the paralysis of all four limbs [...]

Breathing with Quadriplegia2020-12-22T16:19:18+00:00

Understanding Quadriplegia and Spinal Cord Injury


The spine is one of the most vital parts of the human body. Made up of hard, sturdy vertebrae that enclose the spinal cord, this structure not only supports the body, but also encases the nerves that allow the brain and body to communicate so that the body may function. Quadriplegia, also known as [...]

Understanding Quadriplegia and Spinal Cord Injury2020-12-22T16:19:36+00:00

Phrenic Nerve Pacing – How It Works


What is Phrenic Nerve Pacing? Phrenic nerve pacing, also known as diaphragm pacing, is the sending of electric impulses to the diaphragm, resulting in respiration for otherwise ventilator dependent patients.  Phrenic nerve pacing with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System typically benefits clients due to: Increased mobility Lower infection rates Increased ease of eating and [...]

Phrenic Nerve Pacing – How It Works2020-11-12T16:08:51+00:00

Diaphragm Pacing Explained


For most people, the simple action of taking a breath involves little-to-no thought. Breathing is an involuntary reflex, an action that is taken for granted by billions of people worldwide, but essential to our existence. But for those afflicted with conditions such as quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), central sleep apnea, or [...]

Diaphragm Pacing Explained2020-12-22T16:19:45+00:00