Vapotherm Blog

CAUTION: US Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. Indications, contraindications, warnings, and instructions for use can be found in the product labelling supplied with each device or at https://vapotherm.com/resources/support/precision-flow-reference/. For spontaneously breathing patients. High Velocity Therapy (HVT) does not provide total ventilatory requirements of the patient. It is not a ventilator. Decisions surrounding patient care depend on the physician’s professional judgment in consideration of all available information for the individual case, including escalation of care depending on patient condition. 

Vapotherm provides high velocity nasal insufflation (HVNI) with simultaneous oxygen delivery to augment breathing of spontaneously breathing patients suffering from respiratory distress and/or hypoxemia in the hospital setting. It is not intended to provide total ventilatory requirements of the patient and not for use during field transport. 
The information provided in this section is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to support the safety or effectiveness of Vapotherm products, or diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for consultation with your healthcare provider and should not be construed as medical advice. 

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Velocity – Ep 9 – Physicians discuss research on Mask-Free NIV for COPD patients

In this episode, Dr. Kirk Hinkley interviews esteemed researcher and pulmonologist Dr. Charles Atwood about the latest research concerning use of high velocity therapy for COPD patients. They discuss an article by Doshi and colleagues published in March of 2020 in Heart & Lung. Dr. Atwood breaks down the research and offers his insight as to the clinical practice implications of the results.

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BreatheTV Episode 25 – Importance of Early Mobilization | A Webinar with NAN Nathenson, RRT

Jeff Maglin: It’s now my pleasure to introduce our speaker Nan Nathenson. Nan is a respiratory therapist and educator. She has worked in nearly every level care including critical care and rehabilitation settings. In her experience, she has narrowed the gaps between levels of care.

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How are Hospitals and Respiratory Care Departments Reimbursed for Respiratory Care Services?

For most products, paying for a service or item is a simple transaction based on the listed price. The merchant posts the price, the consumer agrees, makes the payment, and gets the product. As healthcare providers, we are bombarded with the question: ‘Why can’t you operate like other businesses?’

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What Authority/Influence Do Respiratory Care Leaders Have with Regard to Productivity Measures and Benchmarking?

In talking with Respiratory Therapy leaders about productivity for more than a few years, their responses about their authority range from ‘none’ to ‘done’. Those replying that they have no authority indicate that administration has chosen the metric to use for each department and there is no possibility of replacing this.

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What is Benchmarking and How are Performance Metrics Used for Benchmarking in the Context of RT Department Productivity?

In a previous blog, I went into detail about various metrics and how to assess the validity of metrics when examining Respiratory Department Productivity. Here I’m going to review commonly used metrics in our hospitals and define each, discuss the validity of each, and how to best capture and use these metrics so that you can effectively establish safe and effective staffing levels to ensure high quality.

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How are Respiratory Care Department Productivity Systems Captured and Tracked?

Having discussed the various performance metrics that are utilized in a previous blog, I’d like to discuss how these metrics are captured, tracked, and used within a Respiratory Care Department.

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How are Respiratory Care Department Metrics Selected?

Before I dig into the specifics of evaluation and selection of performance metrics, it’s worthwhile to review how our respiratory care services and procedures were measured during the early decades of our profession and how dramatic a change we’ve witnessed in just the past few years.

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Patients in New Pilot Study of Vapotherm High Velocity Therapy Showed Similar Outcomes to CPAP for Infants with Moderate to Severe Bronchiolitis

Vapotherm high velocity therapy has been clinically proven as a mask-free and seal-free alternative to CPAP for both, primary respiratory support for RDS and post-extubation support. A recent pilot study now also may suggest that high velocity therapy could be an alternative to CPAP for the treatment of infants with critical bronchiolitis.

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What are the Components of the of Respiratory Care Department Micro-Costing System?

Micro-costing is a method to determine and document the costs of providing a procedure, service, or an episode of care. Micro-costing is a method that measures cost in terms of direct costs, indirect costs, variable costs, benefits, and overhead costs.

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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.