The novel Coronavirus has cast a spotlight on ventilators as a life saving device, but few know much about what they do or how they work. From the first day of the coronavirus outbreak hospitals in the U.S. began scrambling to collect ventilators. The idea was that people’s lives would be saved if they had enough ventilators for everyone with Covid-19. However, the picture is changing quickly as medical professionals learn more about this never before seen virus and as the infection continues to spread across the globe. How does Covid-19 affect the lungs? There is still a lot that researchers and medical professionals doRead More →

Data from the World Health Organization suggests that while 80% of Covid-19 cases are mild or moderate, approximately 15 % of the cases are severe and will requiring oxygen therapy and 5% will be critically ill requiring ICU treatment. While oxygen is all around us, we often forget it is also a life saving medicine. For the individuals facing severe cases of the novel coronavirus, medical oxygen is a key treatment that can save their lives. What is Covid-19 Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. And while There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mildRead More →

E-cig Chart

It’s a Different World The children of our generation are growing up in a completely different world than we did and especially our ancestors. As kids, most of us were out from morning till night with our friends and found joy in playing outside until the streetlights came on, riding our bikes, and making forts. Now, the average American between the ages of 8 to 28 spend an astounding nine hours a day intently bent over the electric-blue glow of a smartphone or ipad entertaining themselves on social media and streaming videos. Incidentally, social media is a feeding ground for companies and influencers to advertiseRead More →

Respiratory Care

As a manufacturer of life safety products and pressure gauges commonly used on respiratory equipment, we would like to acknowledge this important week October 20-26th, as it is Respiratory Care Week.  History of AARC and Respiratory Care Week  The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has roots leading back to 1943, where Edwin R. Levine, MD established an inhalation therapy program using on-the-job trained technicians to manage post-surgical patients at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. It wasn’t until 1946 that the group of students and other doctors began the Inhalation Therapy Association (ITA).  40 years later in 1983, US President, Ronald Regan issued a proclamationRead More →

In 2017, a survey was conducted by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Nursing Assembly Working Group and was the first to elicit patient experiences using oxygen equipment. The survey received a remarkable response from 1,926 oxygen users and revealed numerous and wide-ranging oxygen equipment problems. The survey provides insight into the anxiety and worry that plague home oxygen users’ daily lives. The results show patients key concerns include a variety of issues, including equipment function, portability, adequacy of systems to support a mobile lifestyle and most state that they have a constant concern about running out of O2. Supplemental Oxygen Solutions Although supplemental oxygen isRead More →

HealthCare

Today’s healthcare systems are undergoing extensive transformations that many of us could not have imagined 10 or 20 years ago. Between the boom in innovation and the ever-changing regulations and compliance initiatives, today’s healthcare environment is quite complex. Logistics of Healthcare Organizations Healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented change, from evolving care delivery and reimbursement models to increasing patient demands and ever-changing compliance mandates. But with the right approach, technology can help health organizations achieve significantly better patient outcomes, improve efficiency, and meet the ongoing compliance pressures. If the appropriate technology is properly integrated into an organization, it can aid in improvements across the healthcare systemRead More →