A Specialist's Perspective: Dr. Websters counsel, to physicians and patients, is to get to know whats normal, so if its abnormal you can go to someone who knows. He describes many different ways that ALS can initially manifest itself.
First Involvement with ALS: Dr. Websters involvement in ALS began when he observed that existing breathing equipment at that time (1978) was either unwieldy or unavailable. He provides an interesting insight about the impact of dreams on breathing ability.
How a Respirologist can Help: Dr. Webster demonstrates, with incisive examples, the many important ways that a respirologist can help an ALS patient.
Learning from ALS Patients: If a doctor is not too proud, he can learn a lot from his patients “ both in terms of treatment and in dealing with the condition.
Non-invasive ventilation - BiPAP: Dr. Webster describes how BiPAP can significantly improve the quality of life for those with declining muscle power. It can also help certain ALS patients talk when before they didnt have enough breath to make a noise.
The Challenges of Introducing the BiPAP: The BiPAP is a wonderful device that many people have used successfully. However it must be introduced at the right time and in the right way.