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Endotracheal Tube Clearing Systems

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Endotracheal Tube Clearing Systems Fill out the form on this page to download the infographic on how you can liberate your patients from the vent sooner. BALLARD* Restore2 ET tube…

BALLARD* Turbo-Cleaning Closed Suction System

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BALLARD* Turbo-Cleaning Closed Suction System Advanced Infection Control That Redefines the Standard of Care for Closed Suction Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most common and deadly healthcare-associated infection, affecting up…

Protecting your Patients from Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

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Ventilators save patients' lives. Mechanical ventilation, in fact, helps critical care patients breathe when they cannot do so on their own. But unfortunately, they can be associated with complications including…

Getting the pressure right

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Endotracheal tubes are life-saving devices for many patients, but respiratory therapists should be aware of key nuances related to the pressure of tubes and cuffs in order to maintain patient…

Three Interventions To Improve Safety Of Neonatal Intubation

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Infants who must spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are considered “one of the highest-risk groups for adverse events (AEs) in the hospital setting,” according to a…

Benefits Of Implementing A Pediatric VAP Bundle

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Hospital-acquired infections are an unfortunate risk of hospitalization for adult and pediatric intensive care units (ICUs). According to a 2009 study in the Journal of Pediatrics, up to 12% of patients…

Advantages Of Turbo-Cleaning Closed Suction Catheter

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Advantages Of Turbo-Cleaning Closed Suction Catheter Watch How It Works A key part of caring for patients on respiratory systems is constant vigilance and excellent care of their breathing tubes…

8 Tips For Infection Prevention In Ventilated Patients

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Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is the leading cause of mortality in intensive care units, (1) according to a study in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. Here are eight steps for infection…

Train Caregivers In Oral Care After Discharge

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Mechanically ventilated patients are at a particularly high risk of pneumonia even after discharge. Yet oral care protocols have been shown to make a positive difference in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)…

Six Practical Steps That May Improve Billing Efficiency

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Setting up efficient software and consistent billing practices are key steps to help establish a smooth process for provider reimbursements. However, billing isn't only about getting the data right; there…

Reducing patient stay time in the ICU

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Long stays in the intensive care unit (ICU) are associated with burdens on patient support networks as well as higher care costs. Consequently, long ICU stays in turn affect hospitals,…

Help Patients Recover From Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

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Patients admitted to intensive care units who become ventilated are prone to contracting a serious and potentially fatal condition known as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ARDS begins when fluid…

Oral Care

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When you are on the front lines fighting ventilator-associated events (VAE) for your patients, you need the right tools for the job. Consider some of these factors that can contribute…

Stopping infection in its tracks: Best practices in oral care

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It is difficult to establish the true rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), but very important to do so. VAP is a major cause of increased time on ventilators, more critical…

Closed suctioning reduces risk of exposure to bodily fluids and outside pathogens

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For ventilated patients, endotracheal suctioning is part of the essential regimen of care. This process keeps the airway clear of secretions from the bronchial tubes, which is to allow the…

5 Approaches to Help Improve Patients’ Respiratory Health

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Improving your patients' respiratory health should be top of mind for both patient comfort and better medical outcomes. Here are five approaches that respiratory therapists can use to potentially improve…