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3 Guidelines for Acute Respiratory Failure and Airway Protection

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 11, 2024 8:00:00 AM

 

The COVID-19 pandemic made acute respiratory distress one of the most common emergencies faced by first responders. Without prompt intervention, the virus led to respiratory failure and life-threatening complications.

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Topics: Airway management, Respiratory

The Impact of Atrial Fibrillation on Breathing and Respiratory Health

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 30, 2023 7:00:00 AM

September was National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, an important time to spread knowledge about the heart condition and its impact on the health and quality of life of individuals and families throughout the country.

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Topics: Respiratory, medical scenarios, respiratory assessment

What to Know About Aging and Respiratory Health

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 16, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Respiratory health concerns become more prevalent as people age and develop various physical symptoms, conditions and traumas. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the rate of ambulatory-care visits for respiratory care is highest among people aged 85 and older.

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Topics: Respiratory, Diseases & Infections

What You Need to Know About Respiratory Muscle Weakness

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 9, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Respiratory muscle weakness is a common disorder often associated with weakened coughing, breathing and other airway functions, and it’s critical that providers and patients know how to identify symptoms of this condition to ensure the healthiest breathing and respiratory functions possible for all individuals.

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Topics: Respiratory, respiratory assessment

The Swimmer’s Guide to Respiratory Health

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 25, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Swimming is a great form of exercise that can be very beneficial to a person’s overall health. Who doesn’t love a good dip in the pool, right? On the flip side, swimming can also present a number of respiratory issues and cause breathing dysfunction. It’s important to know the respiratory risks of swimming before hopping in the pool.

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Topics: Respiratory, respiratory assessment

Live with Lavish Lungs: How to Maintain a Healthy Airway

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 28, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done, and sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of taking care of yourself in the hustle and bustle of life. We tend to take our lungs for granted and ignore the value in having a healthy airway. There are many ways to ensure that you are keeping your airway at its best. The American Lung Association has identified key areas in which people tend to fall short of a healthy airway.

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Topics: Respiratory

Respiratory Assessment and the Pediatric Special Needs Patient: Some Considerations

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 17, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Responding to pediatric special needs patients can be challenging. Depending on the disability, the person may be unable to relate pertinent information about their complaint, level of discomfort, or emotional state. And when the emergency involves the respiratory tract, it only increases the stress of the situation. Let’s discuss some considerations when performing a respiratory assessment on pediatric patients with special needs.

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Topics: Respiratory

Does Airway Protection Prevent Acute Respiratory Failure?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 20, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Airway protection can be life-saving for people who are experiencing the effects of both acute and chronic respiratory illness. But airway protection is not an antidote to respiratory failure, and will not necessarily prevent it. Indeed, some doctors even argue that the need for airway protection is a sign of respiratory failure because the patient cannot effectively exchange gases on their own. Prompt intervention in a respiratory emergency may prevent respiratory failure in some cases, although there are no guarantees.  

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Topics: Respiratory

The Consequences Patient Care Providers Face When They Fail to Use Their Tools

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 26, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Patient care providers—doctors, first responders, nurses, and a number of other experts—all must rely on a deep toolbox of life-saving equipment. Caring for patients requires that care providers know when, where, and how to use these tools and that they keep them ready to go at all times. This is more than just a professional duty – it’s a moral obligation. Care providers can face serious consequences when they fail to prepare and correctly use their tools. 

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Topics: Respiratory

Air Pollution and Chronic Airway Disorders

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 16, 2022 6:00:00 AM

 

Air pollution is everywhere – in our homes, work environments and outdoor spaces – and the quality of the air we breathe has a significant impact on our short- and long-term respiratory health. Recent data from the American Lung Association demonstrates that, in 2022, more than 40% of Americans are living in places with failing grades for unhealthy levels of particle pollution or ozone. 

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Topics: Respiratory