Clinicians and manufacturers are looking to a combination of technology, research, and best practices to fight ventilator-associated pneumonia, which, despite progress, continues to afflict thousands of patients every year.
In the last 30 years, COPD has become more prevalent in American women, who now make up more than half of patients currently diagnosed—an estimated 7 million women, in all.
Premature babies who received high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) immediately after birth show improved lung function as adolescents, according to a UK study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Tracheal splints created using 3-D printing have successfully improved the lung function of an 18-month-old boy with severe tracheobronchomalacia, making him the second child whose life has been saved by the technology developed by University of Michigan doctors.
When disaster strikes, the expertise and medical support delivered by federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, which include RTs, are often the difference between life and death for victims.
Covidien has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Puritan Bennett 980 acute care ventilator, according to a company announcement. The device is designed for use with neonatal to adult patients.
New monitoring systems are improving the ability of respiratory care teams to remotely track vital signs for multiple ventilated patients while strengthening safety practices, VAE/VAP reporting, and hospital data integration.
HAMILTON MEDICAL has received FDA approval for its new MR1 ventilator, which allows ventilation of critically ill or injured patients during MRI.