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Oxygen Masks Defined: How to Improve Patient Care and RT Efficiency


Amidst the continuous hum of machinery and hustle of medical professionals, lies a simple yet indispensable tool – the oxygen mask. In this post we take a closer look at this critical device, exploring its purpose and importance in clinical and hospital settings, as well as how the Oxy2Mask improves on this traditional RT tool. Though often overlooked in the grand scheme of medical devices, oxygen masks play a crucial role. They are silent partners, contributing significantly to the processes that keep patients alive and aid their recovery. What is an Oxygen Mask? An oxygen mask, in essence, is a device designed to deliver oxygen from an oxygen source a device designed to deliver oxygen from an oxygen source directly to ease a patient’s breathing. It’s typical for a mask to cover the nose and mouth, ensuring that the individual receives a higher concentration of oxygen than is present in the surrounding air. But, its function and importance go beyond this simplistic description. In the context of healthcare, oxygen masks are much more than just plastic and elastic assemblies. They are meticulously designed tools that play a pivotal role in maintaining and restoring health, especially in critical situations where aRead More…

Canadian Healthcare: André Picard’s Insights and the Promise of A Better Way


As an industry in continuous evolution, healthcare faces new and complex challenges every day. Renowned Canadian health journalist André Picard recently provided a thought-provoking analysis of the current state of Canadian healthcare, describing it as an “implementation crisis”. He noted that while we have the solutions to improve our healthcare system, the issue lies in our reluctance to change and implement those solutions effectively. With this context, this article aims to examine these challenges more deeply, taking cues from Picard’s insights, and propose a potential part of the solution – Southmedic’s Oxy2Mask. This innovative tool could serve as an example of the technology and steps necessary to advance the Canadian healthcare system into the 21st century. Picard’s Analysis of the Problem André Picard has done an exemplary job in outlining the current issues in the Canadian healthcare system. He emphasizes that the crux of the problem is the discrepancy between the demand for 21st-century healthcare and a delivery model still rooted in the 1950s. This isn’t about the quality of care available, nor the advancements in medical technology, but rather, about the system’s failure to adapt and integrate these elements effectively. Picard likens the situation to owning an Edsel whenRead More…

New Clinical Evidence on OxyMask!


Congratulations Patricia DeJuilio and team from Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital on the publication of this study! The Evaluation of Safety and Cost of an Open-Design Oxygen Mask in a Large Community Hospital highlights how OxyMask not only improves patient safety but also significantly reduces cost. Read more: https://thebetteroxygenmask.com/research-papers/

Are you sure your patient is sleeping?


OxyMask™ does not cause rebreathing of exhaled CO2 at low flow oxygen, addressing concerns for sentinel events. Benefits 1. 2017. Oxygen flow rate and the rebreathing of CO2 in oxygen simple masks and OxyMask™. Department of Clinical Engineering, Respiratory care division, Yokohama municipal citizens hospital, KANAGAWA JAPAN.

A Closed Mask May Cause Patient Harm At Inappropriate Flow Settings


All hospital staff are affected by patient safety. A culture committed to patient safety ensures quality care. A closed oxygen mask may cause patient harm at inappropriate flow settings. Some masks require a minimum O2 flow to ensure CO2 is being flushed out of the mask. Rebreathing CO2 can lead to hypercapnia and even patient death. The OxyMask’s open design technology reduces the risk of CO2 rebreathing at oxygen flows as low as  1 LPM. During exhalation, the mask openings allow expired carbon dioxide to escape. These openings also minimizes the potential of emesis being aspirated. Learn more about the safety benefits of OxyMask: https://thebetteroxygenmask.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Patient-Safety-Sell-Sheet.pdf    

New Clinical Education Tools


New educational tools are now available https://thebetteroxygenmask.com/clinical-education/. There are three new in service videos, handouts, online quiz, and more! Contact our sales and marketing department for support on your next training sessions at oxymask@southmedic.com.  

New Packaging!


OxyMask is getting new packaging! The new packaging is colour coded so choosing the correct size can be done quickly. All sizes available are illustrated in the top right corner. Size and functionality of mask is clearly described.

Respiratory Care Week. Post #5. Why RTs Choose OxyMask


Respiratory Therapists play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of their patients. They are responsible for making sure patients are comfortable, safe and compliant with oxygen therapy and are dedicated to helping them benefit from treatment. When treating patients on oxygen therapy, many RT’s are challenged with finding the most appropriate oxygen therapy device to best suit their needs. Why RTs choose OxyMask … OxyMask is one of the latest breakthroughs in advanced oxygen delivery technology. It features an open design that is ideal for patients whose oxygen requirements vary throughout their hospital stay. Clinicians can respond to a patient’s changing oxygen needs simply by increasing or decreasing oxygen meter flow from 1 litre per minute (lpm) up to flush (>15 lpm) to deliver 24%-90% FiO2 and maintain the desired SpO2. OxyMask is designed to deliver a broad range of oxygen in a safe and effective manner. OxyMask is the ideal solution many of the issues RTs are faced with today. Read more about the features and benefits of OxyMask -> LEARN MORE

Respiratory Care Week. Post #4. How RTs keep patients compliant.


The primary factor of oxygen therapy success is if patients are compliant with their prescribed care plan. Oxygen therapy compliance can help patients avoid hospitalization. Patients are often not compliant with their oxygen therapy because: They start to feel better, and they discontinue their therapy They are not confident on how to use the equipment properly The oxygen therapy device is uncomfortable Skin irritation occurs after prolonged usage RTs can help patients adhere to their oxygen therapy treatments by: Educating patients and their families about what is required and why Ensure patients are confident in how to use the equipment Frequently checking in on patients to ensure oxygen therapy is being used safely and correctly Finding the most appropriate interface to best suit each patient individually Oxygen therapy is an essential part of respiratory care and is used as a medical treatment in both acute and chronic care settings. It is a fundamental treatment strategy for the majority of respiratory patients and is crucial to maintaining adequate cardiopulmonary health. It is the primary role of RT’s to make sure patients and their families are aware of the benefits of therapy as well as the risks associated with non-compliance.