The American Thoracic Society’s International Conference hosted several posters on High Flow Therapy. A number looked at the application of High Flow Therapy in neonates and pediatrics, while others looked at use in adult populations.
Of note was, “High Flow Therapy in the Emergency Department: A Paradigm Shift?” “High Flow Therapy in the Emergency Department” looked at the application of High Flow Therapy on patients decompensating from acute and/or acute chronic respiratory failure in the Emergency Department. Sixteen patients were placed on High Flow Therapy. The poster concluded that High Flow Therapy was well tolerated, offered symptom relieve comparable to other methods, and was judged as easy to operate by clinicians.
Vapotherm also viewed at “Success of Respiratory Therapist-Driven Tracheostomy Decannulation Protocol.” This poster looked at the tracheostomy tube removal process in Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs). Over a seven-month period, fifty-nine patients completed the decannulation protocol established. Successful tracheostomy tube removal was achieved in 98% of patients using a respiratory therapist-driven decannulation protocol.
To read more about the methods and results discussed in these posters, visit https://cms.psav.com/cPaper2014/ats2014/myitinerary. For “High Flow Therapy in the Emergency Department,” look at section B39 COPD Exacerbations: Precipitating Factors, Prevention and Outcomes, Monday, May 19. For “Success of Respiratory Therapist-Driven Tracheostomy Decannulation Protocol,” look at section C45 Mechanical Ventilation, Tuesday, May 20.