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Optimizing Rapid Response Teams to Save Lives: New technologies and Early Warning Systems
December 6th, 2017 12 PM ET
Michael Miletin, MD, FRCPC
Critical Care Lead,
Central West Local Health Integration Network
Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation for airway mucus clearance: When, how and where.
John Bach, MD
Medical Director, Center for Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
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High Flow Nasal Cannula and Non-Invasive Ventilation: Current Evidence and Practice
Thomas Piraino, RRT, FCSRT
Clinical Specialist- Mechanical Ventilation
St. Michael's Hospital
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Today, more newborns and high-risk neonates have a better chance of thriving because of the advances in medicine and the dedicated care they receive from neonatal nurses on the front line. Developmental positioning, reducing risks of unplanned extubation and early identification of hyperbilirubinemia have contributed to improved outcomes.
Early warning system (EWS) scores are tools used by hospital care teams to recognize the early signs of clinical deterioration to initiate early intervention and management. These tools involve assigning a numeric value to several physiologic parameters (e.g., systolic blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, level of consciousness, and urine output) to derive a composite score that is used to identify a patient. Recent modifications have improved the consistency of patient outcomes.
The use of noninvasive ventilation has markedly increased over the past two decades, and noninvasive ventilation has now become an integral tool in the management of both acute and chronic respiratory failure, in both the home setting and in the critical care unit.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of microorganisms, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. Medical devices and equipment, as well as the healthcare environment, can become contaminated with pathogens which may then be transmitted to patients.