Traveling with Technology


S431 School of Nursing, Nursing Building, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211.


This article reports on a 2-week trip in a motor home through the southeastern United States with an oxygen- and ventilator-dependent young woman with muscular dystrophy. The article describes the planning, implementation, and evaluation of traveling with technology. Discussed are the amount and types of equipment and supplies to take on such a trip, modification of equipment and the motor home, the roles and responsibilities of the nurses, interactions with the client and family, and legal issues. The impact of the trip on the client's behavior—which was to transform her from a passive recipient of care to an actively involved participant—is reported.