Airway guidance for the endemic phase of COVID-19, FICM (published 11th August 2020)
Consensus airway guidelines from the Difficult Airway Society (DAS), Association of Anaesthetists, Intensive Care Society, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) were published on the 2 External 0 0 0 Anaesthesia-Intensive Care Medicine hub false https://icmanaesthesiacovid-19.org/covid-19-airway-management-principles true false%> website in April 2020 and subsequently 2 External 0 0 0 in the journal Anaesthesia false https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/anae.15054 true false%>. These focus mainly on management of critically ill patients with confirmed or suspected CO...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ventilatory Mechanics in the Patient With Obesity Ventilatory Mechanics in the Patient With Obesity
This article examines the influence of obesity on airway management and the mechanics of respiration during spontaneous breathing and artificial ventilation.Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Survey Finds Anesthesiologists Prepared for COVID-19 Patients
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- Anesthesiologists on the front lines of treating surgical COVID-19 patients in Turkey are generally knowledgeable about airway management, according to the results of a national survey published online April 6 in Surgical... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in children with COVID-19, The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine & others
Airway management of patients with COVID-19 is high risk to staff and patients. Guidance has been published directed at adult practice. The vast majority of this guidance is also applicable to paediatric patients. This consensus statement provides advice for anaesthetists who undertake airway management in paediatric patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and seeks to provide clarity where that guidance differs for paediatric patients. It is not directly relevant to neonatal practice in neonatal ICUs (NICUs). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US Army doctors invent COVID-19 isolation chamber to protect hospital staff
(TechLink) The COVID-19 Airway Management Isolation Chamber is a barrier device constructed by draping clear plastic sheeting over a box-like frame made of common PVC piping that directs a particle capturing airflow over the patients head and chest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 –Related Airway Management Clinical Practice Guidelines (SIAARTI/EAMS, 2020)
2020 clinical practice guidelines from the SIAARTI Airway Research Group and the European Airway Management Society on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–related airway management. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assessment of firearm injuries undergoing advanced airway management: Role II hospital experience - Eksert S, A şık MB, Kaya M.
BACKGROUND: Airway problems are one of the most important factors affecting mortality in firearm injuries. The present study aims to examine the data of patients who underwent advanced airway support due to explosion and bullet injuries in a Role II hospit... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Airway Management: COVID-19
Source: Societ à Italiana di Anestesia, Analgesia, Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva (SIAARTI). Published: 3/2020. This one-page poster describes how one of the most critical issues regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients is the transitory phase between initial symptoms and potentially severe evolution requirin g critical care, while taking into account the comorbidities. It details Integrated Competencies for Every Phase/Step; Airborne Protection for Every Phase/Step in Critical Care Settings (If Possible); and Anticipate Needs, Maximize First-Pass Success. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prehospital Airway Management: A Systematic Review
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (AHRQ). Published: 2/19/2020. The purpose of this systematic review is to identify and synthesize the evidence available to support the development of evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for prehospital airway management. It considers how the benefits and harms of different methods may differ across these factors: patient characteristics (e.g., demographics, type and severity of illness or injury, and the patient location/environment); the techniques and devices used for each airway management approach; and the char...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Attempted suicide with a crossbow - Dubernard X, Dutheil C, Legros V.
INTRODUCTION: Airway management and control of bleeding are essential aspects of the management of attempted suicide involving the head and neck. Attempted suicide using a crossbow is exceptional. The patient's respiratory status, the position of the cross... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

SGA vs ETT During Interventional Pulmonary Procedures SGA vs ETT During Interventional Pulmonary Procedures
What is the optimal airway management for patients undergoing interventional pulmonary procedures under general anesthesia?BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Guidelines for Active Bystanders
Source: Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Published: 1/2/2020. This five-page document provides 11 tactical emergency casualty care actions for active bystanders to take, including for severe bleeding, airway management, hypothermia, burns, pain control, and shock. It also provides definitions for related terms. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

' G-Spot' Slide Ignites Outrage About Content at Conference'G-Spot' Slide Ignites Outrage About Content at Conference
At the World Airway Management annual meeting, a presenter made jokes about the female G-spot and showed images of a man choking a woman.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Current Difficult Airway Management--Not Good Enough! Current Difficult Airway Management--Not Good Enough!
Have updated practice guidelines and refined airway management devices and techniques improved patient outcomes in difficult tracheal intubations? A new study finds there's much room for improvement.Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lancaster County, Pa. EMS Concerned About National Drug Shortage
  Fox 43 MOUNT JOY, Pa. – First responders in Pennsylvania are sounding off on a nationwide drug shortage they say is putting people in their community in danger. Paramedic Rob Walker of Susquehanna Valley EMS tells Fox 43: "It is medications you would never believe, and the list is long, and will make you shake your head.” Some of the drugs EMTs and paramedics in Lancaster County need include fentanyl, ketamine, epinephrine, and sodium bicarbonate, according to the report. According to a Sept. 2018 article on JEMS written by Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE, 93% of the shortages are caused by...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Resiliency Patient Care Source Type: news

Lancaster County, Pa. EMS Concerned About National Drug Shortage
  Fox 43 MOUNT JOY, Pa. – First responders in Pennsylvania are sounding off on a nationwide drug shortage they say is putting people in their community in danger. Paramedic Rob Walker of Susquehanna Valley EMS tells Fox 43: "It is medications you would never believe, and the list is long, and will make you shake your head.” Some of the drugs EMTs and paramedics in Lancaster County need include fentanyl, ketamine, epinephrine, and sodium bicarbonate, according to the report. According to a Sept. 2018 article on JEMS written by Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE, 93% of the shortages are caused by...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Resiliency Patient Care Source Type: news

International Prehospital Medicine Institute Literature Review, August 2019
International Prehospital Medicine Institute A look at some of the most up-to-date prehospital information and education to those who provide emergency medical care in the prehospital setting.   Introduction The mission of the International Prehospital Medicine Institute (IPHMI) is to provide the most up-to-date prehospital information and education at an affordable cost to those individuals worldwide who provide emergency medical care in the prehospital setting. In service to that mission, we review the published literature specific to prehospital care. We then summarize the article to help explain exactly what it is...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 19, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Prehospital Medicine Institute Tags: Exclusive Articles News Patient Care Source Type: news

International Prehospital Medicine Institute Literature Review, August 2019
International Prehospital Medicine Institute A look at some of the most up-to-date prehospital information and education to those who provide emergency medical care in the prehospital setting.   Introduction The mission of the International Prehospital Medicine Institute (IPHMI) is to provide the most up-to-date prehospital information and education at an affordable cost to those individuals worldwide who provide emergency medical care in the prehospital setting. In service to that mission, we review the published literature specific to prehospital care. We then summarize the article to help explain exactly what it is...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 19, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Prehospital Medicine Institute Tags: Exclusive Articles News Patient Care Source Type: news

Alternatives to Rapid Sequence Intubation Alternatives to Rapid Sequence Intubation
What advantages might the use of ketamine provide in emergency airway management?Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - July 16, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

A comparison of airway management devices in simulated entrapment-trauma: a prospective manikin study - Pap R, van Loggerenberg C.
INTRODUCTION: In the patient entrapped after a motor vehicle collision (MVC), advanced airway management may need to be performed before extrication. The aim of this study was to compare four airway management devices utilized by paramedics in a simulated ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news

National Trial Underway to Settle Airway Management Debate in Traumas
Source: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will lead nearly two dozen emergency medical service (EMS) agencies across the country in a Department of Defense (DOD)-funded clinical trial aimed at improving survival among people who have difficulty breathing after a trauma. SEE VIDEO>> The Prehospital Airway Control Trial (PACT) is an $8.8 million, four-year study, beginning at the end of 2019 that will test different strategies to help patients breathe at the scene of a trauma, to see if one works better than an...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 24, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Airway & Respiratory News Patient Care Source Type: news

National Trial Underway to Settle Airway Management Debate in Traumas
Source: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will lead nearly two dozen emergency medical service (EMS) agencies across the country in a Department of Defense (DOD)-funded clinical trial aimed at improving survival among people who have difficulty breathing after a trauma. SEE VIDEO>> The Prehospital Airway Control Trial (PACT) is an $8.8 million, four-year study, beginning at the end of 2019 that will test different strategies to help patients breathe at the scene of a trauma, to see if one works better than an...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 24, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Airway & Respiratory News Patient Care Source Type: news

One EMS System Develops a Rational 911 Response
We presented the total number of calls, the number of transports, the prehospital mortality rate, the total rate of critical interventions, and the breakdown of those critical interventions for each determinant on our website: http://www.alcoems.org/mpds-categories/. The optimal presentation of this data has been driven by several iterations over the past several years.4-7 The list of time-critical interventions include those that involve cardiac arrest, advanced airway management, STEMI/Stroke/Trauma alert patients, and those with treatment of active seizures. (Table 1) (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - June 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Karl A. Sporer, MD, FACEP, FACP Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

The Cutting Edge of Adult Cricothyrotomy: Are EMS Protocols Keeping Up?
An ALS unit is dispatched for an adult patient complaining of severe painful swallowing and difficulty breathing. Upon arrival the patient is acutely decompensating with increasing respiratory effort and diminished color. Supplemental oxygen isn’t providing adequate perfusion. Due to the patient’s rapidly deteriorating condition, the decision is made to intubate. As the laryngoscope is slid beyond the oral cavity, severe epiglottic swelling is visualized. After one intubation attempt the swelling worsens. At this point, endotracheal intubation is not feasible. With no options left, the paramedic resorts to reac...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Garrett Thompson, AEMT, BS, MPH Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Registration Now Open for Carestream Dental ’s 2019 Global Oral Health Summit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2019 Oral health takes center stage in Music City this November as Carestream Dental opens registration for its 2019 Global Oral Health Summit. At the Summit, every attendee is a star as they learn how to “Power the Performance of Your Practice” from trainers, industry leaders and Carestream Dental designers and developers. The band ’s all here. From Nov. 7-9, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, hundreds of doctors, office managers, assistants and hygienists from across all specialties will learn more about combining their practic...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 6, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Address Ongoing Critical Drug Shortages in DC Hill Day
Washington (April 23, 2019) – National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) members joined other EMS professionals on Capitol Hill last week to advocate for issues affecting quality prehospital patient care. Drug shortages again emerged as a top concern, as emergency medical facilities across the country are forced to severely restrict use of certain IV fluids, anti-nausea medications, airway management medications and other essential emergency medications (EEMs), many of which have no suitable substitute. Of the 176 EMS physician medical directors who responded to a survey NAEMSP conducted ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ECG rhythm and airway management make all the difference during a heart attack
(Osaka University) Japan-based research examined a large-scale national registry of cardiac arrest cases to measure the effects of advanced airway management (AAM) on one-month outcomes after patients survived. The deep statistical analysis found that patients not needing electrical defibrillation (based on ECG rhythm) and receiving AAM had better outcomes, such as hospital discharge. The results suggest ECG rhythm is a valuable indicator for deciding on whether to use AAM during cardiac arrest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adroit Surgical Is Pleased to Announce as of Today the Following Distributor Partners Are Offering Adroit Surgical ’s New Vie Scope Product to the EMS Market
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Adroit Surgical is pleased to announce the following Distributor Partners now offer the full line of Adroit Surgical products to the North American EMS Market. Distributors are listed in alphabetical order: Dixie EMS E. Pickering Guardian EMS Supply J&B Medical Live Action Safety Medline Industries The EMS Stoeighre The Fire Store Kris Bordnick, Director of EMS Sales issued the following statement regarding the announcement – “We are looking forward to partnering with these premier EMS Distributors to offer Adroit Surgical’s product line to EMS Professionals throughout Nort...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Adroit Surgical (press release) Tags: Airway & Respiratory Press Releases Source Type: news

Clinical Performance Measures that Matter —Are You Ready?
This article has been revised since it was originally posted on 12/11/2018. Figures 3 and 4 were not correct in the previous version and were replaced on 12/14/2018 at 6:00pm PST. No changes have been made to the text of the article. Ask EMS professionals to define “quality in EMS” and you may get a tip of the head and an answer like, “Well, I’m not sure, but I know it when I see it.” In today’s healthcare environment, demonstrating quality is crucial. Payers are increasingly linking payment to outcome and quality, and becoming less interesting in paying for services that don’t add...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Wayne C. Harbour, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Supraglottic Airway Device or Tracheal Intubation in OHCA? Supraglottic Airway Device or Tracheal Intubation in OHCA?
Is a supraglottic airway device superior to tracheal intubation as the initial advanced airway management strategy in adults with nontraumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Podcast: Bedside examination tests to detect beforehand adults who are likely to be difficult to intubate
In conclusion, therefore, standard bedside airway examination tests for difficult airways in patients with no apparent airway abnormalities do not appear to be good screening tests, and we urge great caution in their use and interpretation. "Read the Cochrane ReviewVisit theCochrane Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care websiteListen to more Cochrane PodcastsGet Cochrane Podcasts on iTunesTuesday, November 13, 2018 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Raising the Intubation Bar is Noble, But Not Practical
We thank Mr. Wood and Mr. Podsialdo for their insightful comments regarding the Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART) results.  With regards to their comment of prior studies finding better outcomes with intubation than supraglottic airways, one must bear in mind that these prior studies were biased by their retrospective designs; the airway was selected by paramedic choice and may have been influenced by a range of factors such as the patient’s condition, anatomy, the physical environment or the practitioner’s level of comfort. Meta-analysis or systematic reviews of these retrospective studies ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shannon W. Stephens, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Raising the Intubation Bar is Noble, But Not Practical
We thank Mr. Wood and Mr. Podsialdo for their insightful comments regarding the Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART) results.  With regards to their comment of prior studies finding better outcomes with intubation than supraglottic airways, one must bear in mind that these prior studies were biased by their retrospective designs; the airway was selected by paramedic choice and may have been influenced by a range of factors such as the patient’s condition, anatomy, the physical environment or the practitioner’s level of comfort. Meta-analysis or systematic reviews of these retrospective studies ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shannon W. Stephens, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

It ’s About Paramedic Intubation Skill Maintenance, Not ETI vs. SGA
In this study, for all-comers, that was an abysmal 6%. This is an important number because it tells us that overall, successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest is rare and that a number of our efforts may have some statistically significant differences but the absolute effect on the gold standard outcome is rather small. But that’s a story for another time. The focus here is on airway management in cardiac arrest, and the suggestion that the “verdict is out” on whether or not paramedics should be using an endotracheal tube or a supraglottic device. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP-BC Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

It ’s About Paramedic Intubation Skill Maintenance, Not ETI vs. SGA
Conclusion The PART study’s aim was to demonstrate that SGA is superior to SETI. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. That doesn’t mean this study doesn’t have value. It clearly demonstrated that an important, time-honored and gold standard skill in resuscitation isn’t being practiced effectively by paramedics. The solution should not be to abandon the procedure. The solution is that we need to fix the problem. We need to enhance education, provide more opportunity for skills maintenance and develop systems that ensure that paramedics are regularly practicing these advanced skills. It is ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP-BC Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Airway, Breathing or Consequences: Medical-Legal Consequences of Airway Mismanagement
In the first part of this two-part article, we reviewed the tools and technology available to help ensure proper endotracheal tube placement through the detection and evaluation of end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2). The key takeaway from part one is that we need to understand, use and trust the equipment available and the information we are given. Each time; every time; all the time. When we lose track of that key principle, bad things happen. As healthcare professionals, whether we work outside of hospitals, inside hospitals or between hospitals, our experience often leads us beyond direct patient care. For some, that mean...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott DeBoer, RN, MSN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, CFRN, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Airway, Breathing or Consequences: Medical-Legal Consequences of Airway Mismanagement
Conclusion Although practice may not make perfect, it certainly can make proficiency. And when it comes to airway management, for every tube, every time, every age, everywhere ... capnographic (or at least capnometric or colorimetric) verification of proper initial and ongoing placement is the standard of care. If being the subject of a serious medical malpractice lawsuit is among the things you strive to avoid, get in habit of using your tools and trusting the technology. (Source: JEMS Special Topics)
Source: JEMS Special Topics - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott DeBoer, RN, MSN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, CFRN, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

ETI vs. SGA: The Verdict Is In
Engine 32 and Rescue 4 respond to a person not breathing at a youth sports complex. They arrive to see bystanders performing CPR and applying the facility’s automated external defibrillator (AED). While exiting the vehicle, paramedics hear the AED deliver a shock. Because of the large crowd gathered around the patient, paramedics and EMTs quickly load the patient into the back of the ambulance. En route, one medic starts an IV line while the other attempts intubation. The patient’s short neck and small mouth make the intubation effort very difficult. The medic attempts laryngoscopy three times, each time with a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shannon W. Stephens, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

ETI vs. SGA: The Verdict Is In
This study had several important limitations. The EMS agencies that participated in this trial have many years of experience in OHCA research, including additional training on CPR quality performance. As previously noted, due to limitations in funding, we couldn’t assess the influence of CPR quality. We studied a relatively limited number of out-of-hospital and in-hospital adverse events. It also wasn’t possible to blind EMS providers to treatment assignment. Although randomization was uneven in two sites, the overall characteristics of the study groups were similar. We observed a lower than expected ETI succes...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - August 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shannon W. Stephens, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Teleflex launches CleanSweep closed suction ventilation study
Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) said today it launched a US-based clinical study of its CleanSweep closed suction system and that it enrolled the first patient in the trial. The Wayne, Penn.-based company’s CleanSweep system uses both balloon sweeping tech and traditional suction collection to remove secretion build-up on the insides of endotracheal tubes. In early bench top testing the system was shown to remove 2.5 times more secretions than leading, traditional closed suction devices, the company said. “Evaluating the effectiveness of closed suction devices further supports Teleflex’s commitment to developing...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Respiratory Teleflex Source Type: news

Special Report: Ten Tips for Airway Management that Absolutely Have to be Part of Your Practice
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - August 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Special Report Source Type: news

FDA Drug Shortages Task Force Applauded by EMS Physicians
Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced the formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force aimed at alleviating nationwide shortages of life-saving drugs. The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and other medical groups representing physicians and medical professionals across the country are throwing their support behind the new FDA task force, which was created at the urging of Congress. The NAEMSP, an organization of more than 1,500 physicians and EMS professionals who advocate for all levels of EMS care providers, has been actively engaged on drug shortages issues in Washington since shortages of esse...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDA Drug Shortages Task Force Applauded by EMS Physicians
Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced the formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force aimed at alleviating nationwide shortages of life-saving drugs. The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and other medical groups representing physicians and medical professionals across the country are throwing their support behind the new FDA task force, which was created at the urging of Congress. The NAEMSP, an organization of more than 1,500 physicians and EMS professionals who advocate for all levels of EMS care providers, has been actively engaged on drug shortages issues in Washington since shortages of esse...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Breathing Easier with Single-Use Bronchoscopes
This study was specifically done for bronchoscopes because that data was lacking,” says Lars Marcher, CEO and President Ambu A/S, in an interview with MD+DI. Contamination of reusable endoscopes has been known for some time now. “Endoscope Reprocessing Failures Continue to Expose Patients to Infection Risk” was number two on ECRI Institute’s list of Top 10 health technology hazards for 2018. And it has been on the organization’s top 10 list for the past eight years. Shifting to single-use instruments will likely be cost effective as well. According to a 2017 study, “Early Assessment...
Source: MDDI - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Sterilization Source Type: news

The Technology of Video Laryngoscopy The Technology of Video Laryngoscopy
This article reviews the technical aspects of video laryngoscopy, its advantages and limitations, and its impact on difficult airway management.Anesthesia & Analgesia (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Findings of game-changing EMS airway study to be presented at SAEM18
(Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) Endotracheal intubation (ETI) is the most common advanced airway technique used in the resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), but Supraglottic airway devices such as the King Laryngeal Tube (LT) offer simpler airway management alternatives. A Plenary Session to be held May 16, on opening day of SAEM18 in Indianapolis, will present the findings of a multicenter, pragmatic clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of initial LT insertion versus initial ETI upon outcomes in adult OHCA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Gather on Capitol Hill to Address Critical Drug Shortages Affecting Patient Care
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2018) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues affecting quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ongoing drug shortages affecting EMS providers. Medical facilities across the country are currently experiencing shortages in powerful, injectable painkillers as well as other essential emergency medications needed by patients undergoing surgery, fighting cancer or suffering traumatic injuries. The shortage is due largely to manufacturing setbacks. “Drug shortages impede our nation&rsqu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Gather on Capitol Hill to Address Critical Drug Shortages Affecting Patient Care
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2018) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues affecting quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ongoing drug shortages affecting EMS providers. Medical facilities across the country are currently experiencing shortages in powerful, injectable painkillers as well as other essential emergency medications needed by patients undergoing surgery, fighting cancer or suffering traumatic injuries. The shortage is due largely to manufacturing setbacks. “Drug shortages impede our nation&rsqu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Gather on Capitol Hill to Address Critical Drug Shortages Affecting Patient Care
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2018) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues affecting quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ongoing drug shortages affecting EMS providers. Medical facilities across the country are currently experiencing shortages in powerful, injectable painkillers as well as other essential emergency medications needed by patients undergoing surgery, fighting cancer or suffering traumatic injuries. The shortage is due largely to manufacturing setbacks. “Drug shortages impede our nation&rsqu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Gather on Capitol Hill to Address Critical Drug Shortages Affecting Patient Care
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2018) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues affecting quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ongoing drug shortages affecting EMS providers. Medical facilities across the country are currently experiencing shortages in powerful, injectable painkillers as well as other essential emergency medications needed by patients undergoing surgery, fighting cancer or suffering traumatic injuries. The shortage is due largely to manufacturing setbacks. “Drug shortages impede our nation&rsqu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news