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

The Fundamentals of Assessing Respiratory Status

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

About 1 in 8 non-traumatic emergency visits were due to respiratory distress, per a 2014 study. Among patients with respiratory health issues or emergent trauma, the figure may have been even higher. Assessing respiratory status is a core component of emergency and trauma care, as well as medical intake. Even when respiratory distress is not the presenting issue, it may be a complicating factor.

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Topics: Respiratory

Mold Exposure and Respiratory Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 28, 2022 5:15:00 AM

 

Mold can present dangers for individuals in their homes, office spaces and many other indoor and outdoor environments. Notably, as a fungal growth that forms on damp and decaying organic matter and grows during all seasons of the year, mold can cause a range of respiratory emergencies if its spores are inhaled. 

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Be Prepared for Emergency Airway Suctioning as Flu and Pneumonia Season Begins

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 13, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Although it may seem like COVID-19 is the only respiratory disease crisis on medical professionals’ radar, influenza and pneumonia season is around the corner, and doctors worry that it may be more severe than people expect.

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What Are the Signs of Respiratory Distress in Newborns?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 22, 2022 8:00:00 AM

For adults and children, respiratory diseases are typically just a minor annoyance. For neonates, they can be fatal. Respiratory distress is a leading cause of death in newborns, particularly premature infants. In addition to infectious causes, it also occurs in 7% of neonates.

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Respiratory Distress in Patients with a CPAP: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 28, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Most patients know only about continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. But in emergency medicine, CPAP has many uses, particularly for neonates with respiratory distress. 

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Topics: Respiratory, respiratory assessment

Respiratory Distress in a Patient with Clear Lungs: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) occurs when blood oxygen levels drop too low because of fluid accumulating in the lungs. Numerous medical conditions, both acute and chronic, can cause ARDS. In many cases, a first responder or doctor will hear wheezing or crackling sounds coming from the lungs. When the lungs are clear, this usually signals a hematologic, metabolic, or obstructive process. Here’s what you need to know about diagnosing and treating the cause. 

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3 Guidelines for Acute Respiratory Failure and Airway Protection

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 15, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has made acute respiratory distress one of the most common emergencies first responders face. Without prompt intervention, it can lead to respiratory failure and life-threatening complications. One 2016 study found that 34 percent of respiratory failure sufferers had died within a year of their diagnosis. As the pandemic rips through communities, you must do everything you can to mitigate its effects. These guidelines can help you offer appropriate airway protection to treat and ideally prevent acute respiratory failure. 

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Topics: Airway management, Respiratory

Respiratory Failure vs. Distress

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 21, 2020 7:01:00 AM

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Respiratory failure and respiratory distress are both medical emergencies that demand prompt treatment. Both present special dangers to vulnerable groups such as children, elders, and people with chronic illnesses. Respiratory distress, for example, affects about 1 percent of newborns, and is the leading cause of death in neonates born prematurely.

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Topics: Respiratory, respiratory assessment

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