“Traveling with Pulmonary Disease,” by Judy Ratliff for the Better Breathers, recorded by JD Meyer | Arts & Culture
Judy Ratliff spoke to the Better Breathers meeting for May 2011 about pulmonary care products by Taylor Home and Health. Originally an independent in durable medical equipment--Taylor, a 22-year old Tyler company--is part of Rotech of Florida—a company with 460-470 locations in all states. A pulmonary respiratory therapist founded Rotech. Taylor is accredited by the joint commission and has respiratory therapists on staff, as does Rotech. Taylor is an approved Trinity Mother Frances vendor. Taylor specializes in pulmonary equipment. They have a pharmacy that will ship medicine directly to your door. Importantly, Taylor accepts Medicaid and Medicare.
Make sure you call in advance to see what equipment is permissible if you’re going to take a plane, train, or ship. One gentleman noted that if you’re going to fly, take your nebulizer in the check on bag, not the carry on bag. Don’t put your oxygen tank in the car trunk either—not enough ventilation. You can take an oxygen tank on a train, but not the liquid kind.
Taylor sells nebulizers that are battery-operated (Respiromix) and others that plug into an auto cigarette lighter. Outlets are available for CPAP patients and whomever else. Taylor can get your three-liter oxygen tank to the ship or plane. Taylor is one of only two outlets for liquid oxygen in Tyler—brand name Helios.
Debbie German, our master of ceremonies, exhibited Taylor’s deluxe walker, which Ms. German preferred calling a “portable resting station.” This four-wheeled walker has a cage basket and a seat; it comes in three colors: blue, black, and pink. The cage basket would be perfect for respiratory equipment or a backpack. Once again, Medicare approves of this deluxe walker.
By the way, oxygen tanks are prescribed for pulmonary patients with an average oxygen saturation of 88% or less. Oxygen is considered a drug by the FDA and requires a prescription. Using my COPD symptoms as an illustration, I should get a small portable nebulizer, but I don’t need an oxygen tank.
Our presentation on pulmonary equipment was preceded by a fine luncheon featuring a lean pork cutlet with rice and cookies for dessert. Taylor gave us a little gift bag including hand sanitizer and a mouse pad for the computer. Next month’s Better Breathers looks intriguing too: Cardiac and Pulmonary Exercise.