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Life of an AIDS Virus

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KidO's aerosol and oxygen bear

The KidO’s Bear has a friendly, non-threatening appearance and has successfully provided aerosol and oxygen therapy for tens of thousands of patients.

Since it calms the anxious or agitated patient, the Bear’s design insures maximum compliance with breathing treatments for asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The Bear also incorporates direct delivery technology that focuses the administration of medication or oxygen thereby insuring that the patient receives maximum effectiveness and benefit from the treatment or therapy.

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The KidO’s Bear has a friendly, non-threatening appearance and has successfully provided aerosol and oxygen therapy for tens of thousands of patients.

Since it calms the anxious or agitated patient, the Bear’s design insures maximum compliance with breathing treatments for asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The Bear also incorporates direct delivery technology that focuses the administration of medication or oxygen thereby insuring that the patient receives maximum effectiveness and benefit from the treatment or therapy.

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Airway Fires during Surgery

Airway Fires during Surgery

Airway surgeries that involve ignition sources to cut or coagulate tissue (e.g., electrosurgical units, lasers*) pose a significant and sometimes deadly risk of fire. Hazards exist when these ignition sources are used in the oxygen-enriched atmos- pheres (i.e., atmospheres containing more than 23% oxygen [O2]) that are commonly present in the airway during surgery.1

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What is BNP?

A blood test for diagnosing heart failure

By Richard N. Fogoros, M.D., About.com

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When a patient shows up in the emergency room acutely short of breath, the possibilities are many. Is the shortness of breath due to asthma, a pulmonary embolus, heart failure, emphysema, or one of several other conditions? Many times doctors can find it difficult to make the right diagnosis – especially in people who have both heart and lung disease. Often an expensive test, such an an echocardiogram, must be performed to rule out heart failure in these cases – IF an echocardiographer can be cajoled out of bed in the middle of the night.

Now a rapid blood test can tell the clinician whether heart failure is present. The test measures a protein called B Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) a substance secreted by heart muscle that is failing.

In a report in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, BNP levels were measured in 250 patients coming to the hospital with shortness of breath. Of the 97 patients who actually had heart failure, the blood test accurately detected heart failure in 95%.

The BNP test, rapid, inexpensive and widely available, should immediately begin helping doctors make the correct diagnosis in patients with heart failure.

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