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FDA recalls SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filters due to obstruction issues

Time : 27th of June 2022 12:57:15 PM Physician/Medicine,Pharma News,Critical Care

The agency issued a Class I recall on the Draeger's SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filters as they cause death or severe injuries. The company recalled the filters because a manual inspection showed some defective filters. Obstruction of filters on the breathing system or ventilator might lead to improper oxygen flow to the patient and cause serious effects and death.

IV vitamin C could increase the death risk in patients with sepsis in ICU

Time : 20th of June 2022 10:05:27 AM Physician/Medicine,Critical Care

About 44.5% of the patients with sepsis who were on vasopressor therapy in ICU and received IV vitamin C had persistent organ dysfunction or died on day 28 compared to 38.5% in those in the control group, as per a study. But, findings of organ dysfunction scores, 6-month survival, AKI, hypoglycemic episodes, quality of life and biomarkers were similar in both the groups.
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Philips Respironics recalls all V60 plus and V60 ventilators

Time : 10th of June 2022 11:32:07 AM Physician/Medicine,Critical Care

FDA announced that this recall belongs to class I recalls as these devices' use might cause death or serious injuries. This recall was due to internal power fluctuations that might cause the ventilator to stop unintentionally with or without any alarms leaving the patients deprived of oxygen for prolonged periods leading to adverse health consequences and death.


Disinfecting nurses' mobile phones could reduce the spread of infections

Time : 8th of June 2022 09:45:50 AM Physician/Medicine,Nursing,Critical Care

Nurses' mobile phones are one of the risk factors for transmitting infections. But, a protocol for mobile phone disinfection does not exist in hospitals. The surface bioburden of personal and shared phones was reduced in terms of relative light units at twelve months post-intervention, which included a simple wipe-based disinfection routine, as per a study.

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UK Royal Colleges releases new guidelines on the management of sepsis

Time : 8th of June 2022 09:14:33 AM Physician/Medicine,Critical Care

The UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued new guidelines on the initial antimicrobial treatment of patients with sepsis. These guidelines focus on the challenge of detecting patients who benefit more from initial antimicrobial therapy. It also highlights that pre-existing health conditions often play a crucial role in sepsis-related deaths.

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A new device could prevent skin injuries to newborns in NICU

Time : 31st of May 2022 02:01:02 PM Paediatrics,Dermatology,Critical Care

Pepi Splint, a new device, was effective and prevented skin damage caused by adhesive in 38 babies, as per a trial. Also, 34 of them had a secured drip by Pepi Splint. However, in four cases, the splint became loose as it was not appropriately secured or dislodged when the newborn was removed from the cot for feeding. The Pepi Splint is made up of medical-grade silicone gel.

  Victoria University of Wellington

Prone positioning might not lower endotracheal intubation in COVID-19 patients

Time : 19th of May 2022 11:50:41 AM Physician/Medicine,Critical Care,Covid-19

The endotracheal intubation risk did not vary between the group that received the prone position and the control group, as per a study. At the same time, the risk of death at 60 days was the same between both groups. Also, both the groups had no difference in pharmacological agent use. However, adverse events, such as pain or discomfort, were reported more in the interventional group.

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Remdesivir could slightly decrease death in COVID-19 hospitalised patients

Time : 9th of May 2022 12:17:01 PM Physician/Medicine,Critical Care,Covid-19

Among ventilated COVID-19 patients, 42.1% of those who were assigned with remdesivir died compared to 38.6% of those in the control group, as per a study. However, the total outcomes of progression to ventilation or death were seen in 19.6% of the patients who were not requiring ventilation and were assigned remdesivir compared to 22.5% of those in the control group.

  University of Minnesota

US: Did lack of ICU beds cause COVID-19 deaths?

Time : 2nd of May 2022 11:58:27 AM Physician/Medicine,Nursing,Critical Care,Covid-19

No inverse correlation was observed between high COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 population and low ICU beds or vice versa, according to a study. These results suggest that ICU bed availability does not determine the number of COVID-19 related deaths. Other constraints like lack of medical supplies and less staffing should be evaluated for implications on COVID-19 deaths.

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CPAP could be better than HFNC in providing breathing support to children

Time : 12th of April 2022 01:31:13 PM Physician/Medicine,Paediatrics,Critical Care

Children on High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) needed external breathing support for 8-18 hours longer than children on Continuous Positive Airwave Pressure (CPAP), according to a study. Even though the choice of external breathing support is specific to every patient, the study findings suggested choosing HFNC only when the patient struggles to tolerate CPAP.

  Imperial College London