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  1. Content Article
    Key messages Service planning and commissioning of integrated care Formalisation of the service planning and commissioning of LTV services through an integrated network of care providers is required. The aim would be to reduce variability in access to areas such as therapy services in and out of hospital, facilitate discharge, enable respite care and simplify how ventilator equipment is purchased and serviced. Multidisciplinary care Improved access to an appropriate multidisciplinary care team is needed to ensure people on LTV and their parent carers can be supported in the commun
  2. News Article
    Two-thirds of defective breathing machines distributed by the health service have not been repaired or replaced in the 12 months since they were subject to a worldwide recall over safety concerns. Philips Respironics last year issued a field safety notice for a series of ventilation devices because the polyester-based foam used to dampen the noise of the machines can break down. The foam particles or potentially toxic chemicals may be inhaled or ingested by patients. Almost 8,000 of the affected machines have been contracted by the Health Safety Executive (HSE) for use in hospitals a
  3. News Article
    A trust was supplied with ventilators that were not ‘fit for NHS purposes’ by two suppliers at the height of the first Covid wave, HSJ has revealed. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust has now received a refund for both contracts, which were signed in March 2020 just as the pandemic began to hit the NHS. The service rushed to secure the equipment in response to fears that existing ventilator capacity would be inadequate to deal with the rising number of seriously ill Covid patients. At the time, the use of ventilators was the only effective therapy for the sickest Covid patients.
  4. News Article
    Remdesivir has no significant effect on patients with Covid-19 who are already being ventilated but has a small effect against death or progression to ventilation among other patients admitted to hospital, the World Health Organization’s Solidarity trial has found. This appears to be a change from findings reported in February 2021, when preliminary trial data suggested that remdesivir “had little or no effect on patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19.” The updated results, published in the Lancet, reported that overall 14.5% of patients assigned to remdesivir died compared with
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    This Webinar hosted by Hamilton Medical, will focus on the clinical use of intelligent ventilation software. Agenda Intro from Chair Luigi Camporata Presentation from Prof. Giorgio A. Iotti : “ The birth and growth of the visionary idea” Presentation from Laura Buiteman-Kruizinga: “Lung protective ventilation in the time of COVID-19” Followed by a Q&A Register for the webinar
  6. News Article
    Two thousand ventilators being used in UK hospitals are at risk of suddenly shutting down due to electrical faults that have led to a global safety alert. Hospitals have been ordered to source replacement ventilators after Philips Respironics said its breathing support devices could suddenly stop working, in some cases without activating a warning alarm. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the problem related to “a number of electrical faults in the devices, which can result in an unexpected shutdown, leading to loss of ventilation”. It said there
  7. Content Article
    All actions to be completed by 31 May 2022 1. Urgently identify and locate affected devices in your organisation. 2. Identify alternative ventilators available on site. a. If no alternatives are available, use local procurement procedures to acquire suitable alternative devices. b. If no suitable alternative is available, and capacity is an issue currently (or expected imminently), additional devices are available for NHS organisations. Details for how to access these devices can be found in the ‘Additional information’ section of this alert. 3. Train all relevant staff on alter
  8. News Article
    An inquest into the death of a London bus driver at London’s Nightingale Hospital during the first wave of coronavirus has heard evidence about equipment mistakes which may have harmed patients. Kishorkumar Patel, aged 58, was one of the first patients to be admitted to the field hospital at London’s Excel Conference Centre in April last year. An inquest at East London Coroner’s Court was told doctors and nurses were forced to work “leanly” because of limited staff and ventilators to help patients breathe. Mr Patel is one of 10 patients who had the wrong filter used on the venti
  9. Content Article
    The Coroner highlighted concerns about how the Philips Respironics AF 541 mask connects by tubing to the BIPAP ventilator by means of a 'push on' connection (rather than a fitting involving positive engagement). Evidence taken at the inquest indicated that this connection has come undone on other occasions as well. It was noted that the introduction of a filter at the site of the connection increased the potential for the joint to come apart. The Coroner asks whether a more robust docking system could be installed which is less vulnerable to working loose or being inadvertently pulled apa
  10. News Article
    After three Covid-19 patients died at the make-shift Nightingale Hospital in London following a breathing tube mix-up, NHS trusts in England could be issued tougher ventilation guidance. In each of the cases, filters which prevent the build-up of fluid were not attached to the machines, resulting in dangerous blockages, but it has not yet been determined if these incidents contributed to their deaths. Coroner Nadia Persaud has said the way the machines vary from model to model can be "confusing" and may lead to future deaths, also ruling that the classification and colour coding was "wor
  11. News Article
    New research has found oxygen therapy may help reduce the number of patients needing a ventilator. The research trial, conducted across 48 hospitals in the UK, found that out of the three methods of oxygen delivery, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) could be the most beneficial in reducing the need for a patient to go on a ventilator. "The routine use of high-flow nasal oxygenation, which can consume large amounts of oxygen, should be reconsidered, as it did not improve outcomes. By giving patients the most effective treatment to begin with, we can help prevent resource shortage
  12. Content Article
    The Coroner highlights concerns raised by an independent expert in regards to the non-standardised colour coding used by the manufacturers of the filters on breathing systems of intensive care ventilators, noting that there is widespread confusion among Intensive Care Unit staff about their classification and colour coding. The report states this issue is not confined to Nightingale hospitals, but relates equally to all intensive care settings. It was sent to the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine for action and response.
  13. News Article
    £140m that was spent on developing ventilators has been written off by ministers. According to the Observer, the ventilators were never put to use in the NHS in the months after the pandemic began. The 'ventilator challenge' was launched to help provide more machines where needed, however problems began early last year when companies complained their expertise was not being used, while others who had no relevant experience of building ventilators, were asked to do so. A government spokesperson has said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have done whatever it takes to protect the NHS and
  14. News Article
    A new leaked report has found almost half of hospital isolation rooms did not meet ventilation guidelines after an audit was commissioned after healthcare staff and patients were found to be infected with COVID-19. The audit revealed nearly 40 per cent of hospital wards failed air filtration guidelines and though 99 percent of wards had enough outside air, problems begin to occur when it gets into the hospitals. The ABC has contacted the Victorian Health Department for comment. Read full story. Source: The ABC News, 1 July 2021
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