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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.

Respiratory Care Week. Post #3. How RTs Keep Patients Comfortable


Comfort is one of the most fundamental aspects of basic human necessity. It is an influential part of our daily decision making and is vital to the health and well being of every patient. Respiratory Therapists play an important role in providing a sense of safety and security for patients and their families, and are helpful in providing comfort in challenging situations. Along with other members of the health care team, RT’s are responsible for the physical and mental wellbeing of their patients and are dedicated to quality patient care and comfort. For an RT, making patients feel secure and limiting physical discomfort is a top priority. For example, homecare users may find that their nasal cannulas irritate their nose, or in the hospital, traditional closed masks can be humid, noisy and muffle communication. RTs are challenged to find ways to make oxygen therapy more comfortable as physical comfort is an essential part of patient compliance. For many patients, falling sick and seeking medical attention can be an unfamiliar and intimidating experience. It is up to their healthcare team to provide a safe and comfortable experience. Read how OxyMask is helping patients become more comfortable with their oxygen therapy inRead More…

Respiratory Care Week. Post #2. How RTs Keep Patients Safe.


Patient safety is the most important consideration in respiratory care and should  always be in the forefront of each decision made by the practitioner. It is the responsibility of the RT to ensure the care given to their patients follows the legal and ethical principles as mandated by their regulatory college. It is the RT’s obligation to avoid harm from coming to their patients while actively contributing to their health and wellbeing. It goes without saying that patient safety and quality care should be top priority for any healthcare practitioner. Every RT is dedicated to providing safe and effective care alongside doctors, nurses and other members of the healthcare team with a common goal of providing positive patient outcomes. Their responsibilities for patient safety include, but are not limited to, assessing the patients oxygen needs, choosing the correct respiratory therapy devices, setting oxygen flow and maintaining prescribed saturation. Continual assessment is required as patients oxygen needs fluctuate. As new respiratory products are introduced, RTs are challenged to stay up to date on what products are out there to help them keep patients safe.

Respiratory Care Week. How RTs help …


This respiratory care week, OxyMask will be exploring the role of the respiratory therapist. We will be posting daily topics on RTs. Starting with, how RTs help. Helping patients is the foundation to all respiratory practices and is one of the most important principles of respiratory care. Whether the RT is simply initiating low flow oxygen therapy, providing education on smoking cessation or assisting in a cardiac arrest, they are always committed to providing optimal care and are dedicated to helping their patient’s breath better. We have all, at one point or another experienced some degree of respiratory distress. Whether it be the familiar “huff and puff” from walking up a flight of stairs or coughing up an alarming amount of suspicious green phlegm from a flu bug that lingered a week too long; We have all felt the effects of increased work on our respiratory systems. It is the role of the RT to help patient’s understand their disease processes and to provide support, education and optimal care along the way. They are involved in helping diagnose, control and treat any underlying respiratory conditions in patients with breathing difficulties and are responsible for promoting continuity of care for patientsRead More…

Why OxyMask uses less oxygen …


OxyMask’s ability to maintain a concentrated flow of oxygen means that less oxygen flow is required to maintain a prescribed SpO2.  To the hospital and to the ambulance this means patient safety and cost savings. OxyMask provides a targeted, concentrated flow of oxygen directed towards the mouth and nose.   This ‘virtual reservoir’ of concentrated oxygen maintains the prescribed SpO2 saturation levels while utilizing less oxygen flow.  Less oxygen is needed when using OxyMask compared to traditional masks to achieve the same clinical result.   Decreased work of breathing is accomplished as the OxyMask wearer has direct access to an immediate concentration of oxygen without the need to open a valve or draw from a reservoir bag.  Oxygen is conserved as a specific volume of gas is not required to maintain a concentration or flush out mask dead space. By delivering only the patient’s required amount of oxygen at lower flows, total oxygen consumption is reduced.   OxyMask’s ability to target and deliver oxygen flow at the area of utilization results in better clinical results and oxygen gas savings.   This can have a significant positive impact on a hospital’s oxygen budget.  In addition OxyMask provides greater safety for rotary, fixed wing, andRead More…

Medical Clutter


Few people can say they don’t have that dreaded junk drawer, storage closet, or garage they feel overwhelmed to tackle. They are full of things “we just didn’t know what to do with”, “might need later”, or “cost a lot of money at the time.” Clutter, unfortunately, is part of our daily lives.  But countless studies show that clutter leads to increased stress, further disorganization and distractions. This often translates to the workplace. In healthcare, clutter is everywhere. In a rapidly changing field there is always the latest best practice or equipment that is promoted. This ranges from equipment costing thousands of dollars to a small box of disposable goods. Seldom is there time allotted for cleanup and decluttering. Many issues can arise from medical clutter. Here is a couple of the issues, causes and possible solutions: Issue Clutter Cause Possible Solutions Increased errors in treatment When distracted by clutter you may make mistakes Re-evaluate and remove products that are obsolete   Consider using products that serve more than one purpose and or replace multiple products   Assign front line staff to keep clutter from getting out of control Increased incidence of both patient and staff injury Cluttered areas areRead More…

The Importance of Oxygen for Mom and Baby During Birth


Adequate oxygen supply to the baby is of extremely important throughout all of the stages of pregnancy. This is of the greatest significance when mom reaches the labour and delivery stage. Babies rely on their mother to supply oxygen to ensure a healthy delivery. Even a small amount of oxygen deprivation to the baby can result in cerebral palsy, learning problems, ADHD, seizures and in severe cases even death. A child who has experienced oxygen deprivation at birth may suffer from problems that will affect them for the rest of their lives. They may require care that has an impact on the entire family physically, emotionally and financially. Most injuries to baby that are related to oxygen deprivation occur during the birth process which puts significant oxygen demands on the mother. Many moms experience oxygen deprivation throughout their labour and delivery.  Medical staff in attendance during childbirth are able to monitor and recognize oxygen deprivation for both the baby and mother, and treat it accordingly by providing supplemental oxygen. Oxygen deprivation to mom and consequently to baby is sometimes related to the therapy provided.  For instance, the oxygen flow may be set too low or mom may become uncomfortable orRead More…

Conference Schedule for the rest of 2016


Check out our conference schedule for the rest of the year. Will we see you there? FIME International Medical Expo 2016, Latin America, Miami, Aug 2nd – 4th European Respiratory Society Congress, UK, London Sept 3rd – 7th European Resuscitation Council, Iceland, Reykjavik, Sept 24th to 25th EuSEM Austria Vienna, Oct. 1st to 5th CHEST 2016, USA, Los Angeles, Oct 22nd-26th Focus Fall Conference, USA, Poughkeepsie, NY Oct 27th AARC, USA, San Antonio, Texas, Oct 15th –18th Medica, Germany, Dusseldorf, Nov 14th – 17th Twitter: https://twitter.com/One_OxyMask Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OxyMask-477571622425906/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/oxymask?trk=company_name

OxyMask is advancing oxygen therapy for better patient care


OxyMaskTM is advancing oxygen therapy for better patient care through an open mask design. OxyMaskTM product offering includes: OxyMaskTM for O2 Delivers 24% to 90%* oxygen concentration, 1 to 15+ lpm to flush. OxyMulti-MaskTM and OxyTrachTM for O2 therapy with or without high humidity or aerosol therapy. Delivers 23% to 83%* oxygen concentration, 1 to 15+ lpm to flush. OxyMaskTM ETCO2 for O2 therapy and End-Tidal CO2 Tracings. Delivers 24% to 65% oxygen concentration, 1 to 15+ lpm to flush.