Prone Positioning Tips and Checklist

2016-10-13T18:16:21-05:00April 15th, 2015|Pulmonary, Safety, Stabilization|

Prone positioning in ARDS can improve lung compliance and ventilation-perfusion matching which improve oxygenation and may have a mortality benefit. It requires significant effort and staff coordination to perform safely and efficiently. In this article we include tips for preparation, and a detailed checklist for performing proning efficiently and safety.

Ammonia Inhalation Injury

2017-09-15T22:28:20-05:00October 14th, 2014|Case, Pulmonary, Toxicology|

Inhalation of noxious gases and fumes, including ammonia, nitric acid, sulfur dioxide, and chlorine gas can cause pulmonary injury including direct toxic effects and secondary ARDS requiring mechanical ventilation and permanent respiratory difficulties.

Fullminant Tuberculosis

2016-10-13T18:16:39-05:00March 17th, 2013|Pulmonary|

Tuberculosis is an endemic problem through most of the world. However, when it presents as active pulmonary disease in the United States, especially in nonimmigrrant, it is usually early in the disease process. This patient a native resident, had delayed seeking care for months. The c

Tracheostomy Tubes Nomenclature

2016-10-13T18:16:43-05:00September 20th, 2012|Pulmonary|

Tracheostomy tubes provide for air movement through an ostomy in the anterior neck into the trachea. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of types, sizes, and complex numbering that is difficult to decipher for those who don't work with them everyday.