[dorkbotsea-blabber] Heating up air in a ventilator - ideas?

Christopher Prosser chris at nart.org
Sun May 23 14:52:16 EDT 2010


I agree with the second opinion. I've just started using a CPAP machine.
It's a device almost like a respirator though I get to take it off. Guess
what? It comes with a heater and humidifier. Though she should talk to a
durable medical care company, not her doctor. I use these guys up in
Seattle: http://www.caremedical.com/store-locations.shtml.

I would not recommend a DIY solution. Too many opportinities to injure
someone for my comfort level.

Here's a commercial product I found with about 10 seconds of searching:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/213280873/humidifier.html

-c

On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM, Ralph Brand <rbrand at drizzle.com> wrote:

> How about a simple heat exchanger that she wears under her coat. A long
> tube
> that is folded into a vest would give the air plenty of time to reach body
> temperature by the time it reached her. The problem would be ensuring that
> it doesn't chill her from the outside.
>
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> Hi,
>
> My friend in Portland uses a ventilator 24 hours a day, and has done
> so for years while living a very full life (artist, activist, really
> fun, social person).
> She zips around on a wheelchair/scooter with a big battery pack,
> ventilator attached.
>
> Her biggest daily challenge is that the air in this region is cool,
> and the ventilator pumps this cool air directly into her lungs,
> chilling her whole system.
> Because of this, she is cold even in the middle of summer. She has
> asked doctors about an air-heating apparatus, and their response has
> been no, it would be impossible because it would melt the plastic tubes.
>
> My friend is considering a move to Texas to stay warm. I would like it
> if she had the choice of staying in the Pacific Northwest and being
> comfortable.
>
> It seems like there has to be a way of getting around this problem.
> Any ideas or opinions? Your thoughts appreciated!
>
> Eleu
>
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