Archive for September, 2010

From:  AdvanceWeb

The comprehensive web-based portal incorporates the best evidence-based assessment and management tools with treatment algorithms, trigger avoidance education and counseling, and other novel resources developed by a six-member core committee of expert adult and pediatric pulmonologists and tobacco treatment counselors.

Overview

This Tool Kit provides a practical approach to treating tobacco dependence effectively. The Tool Kit approaches tobacco dependence as a severe chronic illness, such as asthma, with exacerbations and remissions, and is based on the premise that chest physicians must be as actively and professionally engaged in treating tobacco dependence as they are with asthma. Effective tools, treatment algorithms, and strategies to obtain compensation for tobacco-dependence treatment services are provided.

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APRV PowerPoint

David Pitts II, RRT

BY:

Clinical Applications Specialist, Maquet

Birmingham, Alabama

Sponsored by Maquet, Inc – Servo Ventilators

APRV (3.5 Mb)

Conclusion

APRV may be used safely in patients with ALI/ARDS, and decreases the need for paralysis and sedation as compared with PCV-inverse ratio ventilation (IRV). APRV increases cardiac performance, with decreased pressor use and decreased airway pressure, in patients with ALI/ARDS

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Are you at Risk Poster

The European COPD Audit

In October 2010, eighteen countries will take part in the two-month pilot phase of the first audit of COPD care across Europe. This pilot audit will involve collecting data about the way hospitals in different European countries provide care for COPD patients as well as clinical data on the process of care and outcomes for COPD patients admitted to a hospital with an exacerbation. The data-collection will be carried out using a web-based survey tool with the aim of publishing reports and analyses by mid 2011. If successful, we hope this pilot COPD audit will serve as a basis for an EU-funded audit in the whole of Europe and beyond.

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Tweet from “ADVANCERespCare“:

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) — European scientists have identified genes that predispose children and adults to asthma.

Some of the genes tell the immune system when the lining of the airways has been damaged. Others may control healing of the airways after they have been injured, the researchers said.

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Asthma Today Desktop Widget


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The AsthmaToday Widget runs on your computer and shows you the latest asthma news and weather for your region.

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One Lung Ventilation

INDICATIONS FOR ONE LUNG VENTILATION
Absolute
1. Protective Isolation
   a. Massive Hemorrhage
   b. Infection
2. Control of Ventilation Distribution
   a. Bronchopleural or bronchopleural cutaneous fistula
   b. Giant cyst or bullae (risk of rupture with PPV)
   c. Major bronchial disruption or trauma
3. Unilateral Lung Lavage
4. VATS
Relative (Strong) - Surgical Exposure
1. Thoracic aortic aneurysm
2. Pneumonectomy
3. Upper lobectomy
Relative (Weak) - Surgical Exposure
1. Esophageal surgery
2. Middle and lower lobectomy
3. Thoracoscopy under general anesthesia
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