Inspire is Armstrong Medical’s monthly blog, breathing life into respiratory care. Succinct, clinical insights for busy healthcare professions.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus - Be Prepared

Issue 5

With multiple viruses still going round the world at different times in different seasons it is hard to predict the severity of winter respiratory viruses occuring this year; making it difficult to plan staffing levels and ensure adequate stock levels of the devices and equipment required to cope with any possible surge.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) was first discovered in 1956 and is a virus that comes round at least annually to most countries, so maybe now is a good time to think ahead and be prepared?

Fluid filled lungs; causes and treatment

Issue 4

Non-invasive positive airway pressure therapy is used extensively in healthcare to support patients with varying lung morbidities causing infections such as pneumonias and Covid 19; being the most recent.

These infections can result in the lungs filling with fluid which will always have serious implications for the patient if not treated quickly.

The highs and lows of the ROX index

Issue 3

With the increased use of high flow oxygen therapy (HFOT) in the critical care space and on respiratory wards, a measure of its use is vital for the clinician to be able to check success, failure or, more importantly, the predictability of both.

The ROX index (Respiratory rate and OXygenation) gives an indication of who is going to succeed or fail on HFOT and by doing so identify those who will need to escalate to mechanical ventilation, if failure is predicted.

Is there something we can learn from Kangaroos?

Issue 2

Recent studies show the early introduction of Kangaroo care can have a dramatic positive impact on the outcomes for preterm and low birth weight babies.

Skin-to-skin care, often referred to as ‘kangaroo care’, has become widely adopted in maternity practice and neonatal environments globally since its pioneering conception in Bogotá, Columbia.

Demystifying humidification in ICU

Issue 1

With such a busy environment in our Healthcare system, so many new staff and immense pressure on resources; saving time and cost are of the essence.

Humidifying patients can be a confusing phenomenon; learning how it works, when to apply it and what works best for each patient, alongside grasping the medical equipment needed for the treatment.

Let us explore humidification.