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Who are the key stakeholders in Respiratory Care Department Productivity Systems and How to Leverage them in Advocating for Appropriate Productivity Targets

I’ve covered elsewhere what Productivity is and how to measure it, so here I’ll focus on why it is absolutely critical to identify, educate, and engage all stakeholders in advocating for appropriate productivity targets. By doing so, the RT leader will optimize her chances of successfully implementing a productivity system in their organization that is standardized, validated, accepted by all communities of interest.

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What is the difference between Respiratory Care Department Billing Systems vs Productivity Systems?

Billing and Productivity systems are the backbone allowing Respiratory Departments to demonstrate their financial value and efficiency in performing services. Too often though, they get conflated, where a Billing system serves as the proxy for Productivity — something that should not happen.

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How to Make Sense of Charting, Charging, Costing, Reimbursement, and Productivity—Fundamentals for Respiratory Therapists in Inpatient Settings

For many of us during our respiratory care training, we were taught to focus on clinical documentation, which remains the focus for the bedside Respiratory Therapist (RT).

Velocity – Ep 8 – Respiratory Directors Share COVID-19 Experiences

Respiratory Department leaders Shelly Brown from Arkansas, Vernon Druses from New York, and Lenny Nyangwara from Maryland, continue their COVID-19 conversation from our last episode. Here they touch on relevant issues such as how they’ve dealt with supply shortages including PPE, and what COVID-19 advice they would give to colleagues who have not yet been hit hard by the pandemic.

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[FELIX-1 White Paper] – Computational Fluid Dynamic Modelling of Particle Capture: Possible Use of a Modified Face-Tent as a Facial Scavenger

Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) present a substantial clinical challenge during any clinical interaction, much less during a global viral pandemic. Control of AGPs during respiratory therapy procedures is important. Various methods of mitigation have been proposed for non-invasive ventilatory support.

Patient wearing the FELIX-1

FELIX-1: Creating a Localized Area of Negative Pressure for COVID-19 Patients

Even before COVID-19 became a truly global pandemic, it became clear that protecting healthcare workers (HCWs) from infection was crucial. Many major health organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO).

Velocity – Ep 7 – Respiratory Directors Share COVID-19 Experiences

Shelly Brown from Arkansas, Vernon Druses from New York, and Lenny Nyangwara from Maryland are all Respiratory Department leaders.
They share their experiences on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their hospitals and clinical practice and discuss treating the respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Velocity – Ep 6 – An ED Physician and COVID-19 Patient (Part 2)

Dr. Louis Philip Rotkowitz is an ER doctor out of Queens, NYC. Like so many other health care professionals, he would find himself fighting COVID-19 as a patient. In this episode, Dr. Rotkowitz reflects on his experience in a conversation with fellow ER physician, Dr. Kirk Hinkley.

Joe Army

We’re here for you. A COVID-19 update from CEO Joe Army

The pandemic isn’t over. Vapotherm CEO Joe Army brings you to our Exeter, NH headquarters to share what we’ve been up to to best support you and your patients.

Thinking Outside the Mask with COPD

Clinicians familiar with literature on Vapotherm high velocity therapy are already aware that Vapotherm therapy has been clinically proven to be comparable to noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NiPPV) when treating respiratory distress in spontaneously breathing patients. In a 2018 randomized, controlled, multi-center noninferiority trial, Doshi and colleagues compared the efficacy of a mask-free form of NIV (Vapotherm high velocity therapy) to an established respiratory support modality (NiPPV).