Difficulty with flying due to altitude

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Difficulty with flying due to altitude

Postby CharlesandLinda » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:38 pm

Has anyone who uses Noninvasive ventilation at night only had difficulty flying due to the altitude, pressure and low oxygen?

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Re: Difficulty with flying due to altitude

Postby nivvent2007 » Mon May 02, 2016 12:21 pm

I would also love to have this info, as we have not flown since our daughter has been on NIV.

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Re: Difficulty with flying due to altitude

Postby bachjr » Mon May 02, 2016 7:18 pm

Since you have no lung disease you have nothing to worry about flying. If your CO2 is elevated, then you need to bring a manual resuscitator or ventilator to keep the CO2 normal as you would on the ground anyway. No supplemental O2 is needed in the air. Keep the ventilation normal using a vent IF NECESSARY.
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Re: Difficulty with flying due to altitude

Postby CharlesandLinda » Wed May 18, 2016 1:25 pm

Vent will be packed up as "medical equipment" and not easily accessible. Where do you get a manual resuscitator? And what do I ask for? Last trip to AZ from AL, I just got sleepy. Guess I should take my oximeter as well, huh?

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Re: Difficulty with flying due to altitude

Postby bachjr » Wed May 25, 2016 2:58 pm

Anyone using NIV for sleep needs to use it on overnight flights. However, you can bring an Ambu bag to be sure and provide mouthpiece ventilation breaths if necessary, but using sleep NIV is no reason not to fly as long as the daytime CO2 is normal.
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