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    New ventilators -- thoughts?

    Hi all,

    My old LP-10 ventilators are no longer being serviced, and my local respiratory supply company is recommending that they be replaced with Newport HT70 ventilators. Here's a link:

    http://www.ventilators.com/HT70.asp

    I'm slightly concerned about the HT70 basically being a computer -- I'm wondering about their reliability?

    I couldn't find any reviews via Google, so I'm wondering if anyone has experience with them.

    Thank you kindly.

    Bill Miller
    Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

    I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

    #2
    Bill, we nearly always use the LTV 950. Fairly quiet, very dependable, and with a low profile fit on the back of your wheelchair. You can get a nice rolling stand for bedside use as well.

    http://www.carefusion.com/medical-pr...s/ltv-950.aspx

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      Dave uses the LTV 950.

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        #4
        When my poor old Bear finally kicked it, I switched to a Legendair.

        http://www.puritanbennett.com/prod/P...VEN&S2=&id=319

        It was a pretty seamless switch, much less traumatic than I'd feared.

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          #5
          You may want to ask Joel (trainman on here) too. He has a pacer now, but used to have a vent and I believe still uses one at night.
          Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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            #6
            I am also a user and a fan of the LTV series. I actually use the LTV 800, and have only had one problem with them over the past few years. I had one fail a couple years back but that was the only issue I ever had. I have never tried the Newport, but it looks nice.

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              #7
              Thank you all for the replies. I like the size and style of the LTV series, but the batteries "only" last 5 hours. I would much prefer longer battery life, without having to carry extra batteries. I was excited to learn that the HT70 battery lasts 10 hours. But it also has USB ports (yes, for connecting to a computer) and, well, computers crash. So I'm wondering how reliable the HT70 is.

              Scaper1, the vent you have looks excellent, but it isn't sold in the U.S.

              I have loved these old LP-10 vents, but they are finally out of service, and the newer LTV line is the 1100, 1150, and 1200 models (according to this link) so at this point, since I want these new vents to last and be serviced for a number of years to come, I'd be hesitant to get an older model.

              So... I'm close to telling my supply company to go ahead and bring the HT70s, but I'm wondering what recourse I have if they are problematic. I would think they are quality products, and hopefully I won't have problems with them, but... God only knows.

              I do know someone who has, and likes, an HT50 ventilator, but that's an older, non-computerized model also. But at least the company, Newport, has been around a while and has produced quality ventilators before.

              Maybe I'll be the CareCure "guinea pig" and try the HT70s.

              - Bill :-)
              Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

              I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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                #8
                I haven't used an HT70, but I did try an older Newport model long enough to travel from Pennsylvania to New York. The airflow pattern seemed to be very similar to my usual PLV-100, which is to say I didn't find it similar to the LP-10. Afraid I can't comment on battery life of the one I used, but five hours is IMO ridiculously short. Of course, your settings will probably be different so your mileage may vary!
                NYC Disability Forum (@DisabledNYC on Twitter)

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                  #9
                  Ok, after nearly deciding to get the HT70s, I had a consult with the guy who will be ordering my new wheelchair. (I'm actually in my original chair, 14 years post injury.) He is really sharp and experienced.

                  He said he has had clients with LTV ventilators and he has basically added a simple plug-in that works with the wheelchair batteries. Consequently, instead of roughly 5 hours of vent battery life, they easily get 10 or more. That sounds good to me.

                  Plus, I really like the idea of the significantly smaller footprint that a backpack-style attached LTV vent offers. It would probably shorten my chair length by about 6 inches, especially if you consider the vent circuit would no longer come straight out of the back of my vent, but rather out of the side of the LTV machine.

                  Trainman says the newer LTV models that he's seen kids use at CHAMP Camp are a bit noisy, but I don't mind some noise (I actually use fans for additional room noise when sleeping or operating my computer by voice).

                  So now I'm leaning toward an LTV1100, since it looks a bit simpler than the LTV1150 or LTV1200 -- the fewer parts and features, the fewer things that can go wrong, correct?

                  I appreciate the input.

                  - Bill :-)
                  Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

                  I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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                    #10
                    I would be wary of having your vent hooked up to your wheelchair batteries. You do not want them running out together!
                    NYC Disability Forum (@DisabledNYC on Twitter)

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Soliloquy View Post
                      I would be wary of having your vent hooked up to your wheelchair batteries. You do not want them running out together!
                      Good point Soliloquy. I'll find out more about that, but he said they don't play around with their client's batteries, that they ensure they are changed regularly. But I'll find out more.
                      Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

                      I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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                        #12
                        Our LTVs can hook up to the wheelchair battery with no problem, and also can be plugged in to a wall outlet if desired when stationary for a while (such as in an office or while watching TV). They can also plug into an accessory outlet for recharging when riding in your van. If you recharge your power chair battery daily, there should be no problem with the wheelchair battery running down even when running the vent as well, and even if it does, the vent will automatically cut onto it's own internal battery as a back-up.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          Thank you KLD. Your affirmation makes me more comfortable in knowing that my wheelchair guy isn't doing something crazy.

                          I'll check to see if I can get a pair of LTV machines.
                          Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

                          I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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                            #14
                            After many delays, it appears I'm having my LP-10s replaced with LTV950s tomorrow!

                            I previously came up with a checklist for the respiratory company of what I believe needs to be done in order to replace my ventilators. I hope I'm not missing anything significant.

                            See attached checklist if curious.

                            - Bill :-)
                            Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

                            I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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                              #15
                              So I'm currently breathing with the assistance of an LTV950.

                              It's louder than my old LP-10s. It sounds like two things: a coffee machine percolating and also a bit like a jet engine, like you would hear if you lived near an airport.

                              For people with LTV950 experience, is it supposed to be that loud?

                              The good news is I'm breathing comfortably with it, but it's certainly more complicated than the LP-10s.

                              Thanks.
                              Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

                              I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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