Life as a Ventilator Dependent Quadriplegic

Life as a ventilator dependent quadriplegic can bring many difficulties, some more obvious than others.  There are certainly mobility issues that can affect quality of life, as well as costs for ventilator equipment.  However, for a ventilator dependent quadriplegic, there are additional risks due to the need for mechanical ventilation such as lung infections (which have been noted as a leading cause of death for spinal cord injury patients).  At Avery Biomedical Devices, we are proud to give new hope with an alternative option for spinal cord injury patients who are dependent on ventilators.  Patients who have made the switch to diaphragm pacing have found it to be life changing.

Our Patients

Ed, like many of our patients, has moved from ventilator dependency to the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System.  Ed was injured in a motorcycle accident in June of 2008 and was told he would not live.  He has been pacing since 2010, 24 hours per day and is able to enjoy the outdoors again, socialize without the concerns of his vent, and resume use of his power wheelchair.  Other patients like Andrea and Caroline have been pacing for years as well, and have been very excited about the changes it brings.  Caroline’s parents have called making the transition to pacing “the single best thing we’ve been able to do for our daughter” while Caroline calls diaphragm pacing something that “makes a dramatic difference in my everyday life.”

Patients utilizing the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System are not only ventilator dependent quadriplegics.  There are those suffering from Central Sleep Apnea, Diaphragm Paralysis, and ALS as well.  Click on the links above to see how the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System is helping patients with each of these conditions.

At Avery Biomedical, we are proud to help many patients receive a new freedom and increased health with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System system.  Not only does the diaphragm pacing system allow greater mobility due to its compact size, but also does not require the routine maintenance and disposable supplies of a mechanical ventilator.  This can save a patient up to $20,000 per year, every year for life.

The Avery Diaphragm Pacing System System

The Avery Diaphragm Pacing System System is the only diaphragm-pacing system with full pre-market approval from the USFDA and CE marking privileges under the European Active Implantable Medical Device Directive for both adult and pediatric use. In addition, its system of using small implanted radiofrequency receivers rather than electrode wires that pass directly through the skin may decrease a patient’s risk of infection and ongoing wound care management issues.

Avery has been commercially distributing diaphragm pacing systems since the early 1970’s. Since then, nearly 2,000 patients have been implanted in over 40 countries establishing an unsurpassed record of safety and reliability.
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