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Helmet-Based Ventilation for
Acute Respiratory Failure

A Step-by-Step Course on Helmet Based Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for COVID and non-COVID patients

  • Reduces the learning curve for healthcare professionals 

  • Reduces work for clinicians

  • Reduces rates of intubation, in-hospital mortality, and ICU length of stay

  • Improves patient experience and their tolerance of the treatment

  • Improves non-invasive ventilation success rates

  • Ensures better results sooner with improved patient outcomes

  • Saves money and resources

A More Effective Solution for COVID-19 Treatment

Helmet-based positive pressure ventilation saves lives, shortens ICU stay for patients who need ventilatory support and can be used in step-down units. It is beneficial for all respiratory distress patients, regardless of its cause.

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Our Primary Goal is to supply vital information to clinicians about helmet use for non-invasive ventilation in patients with respiratory distress as a complication of the COVID-19 virus.

Benefits offered by this Course

​For healthcare professionals

  • Reduces the learning curve for healthcare professionals implementing helmet-based ventilation treatment for faster adaptation of this life-saving therapy.   

  • Accessible to professionals from different departments: RNs, RTs and MDs.

  • Reduces work load for clinicians while increasing non-invasive ventilation (NIV) success rates.

  • Unique course material, not offered by any other learning provider.

  • Includes updates and new development in helmet-based ventilation.

​For patients

  • Lowers rates of intubation, in-hospital mortality, and ICU length of stay

  • Provides painless respiratory support, thereby improves patient experience and tolerance of the NIV therapy

  • Ensures timely application and perfect fit, increasing the chances of positive patient outcomes.

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1. Kyeremanteng, K., Gagnon, L. P., Robidoux, R., Thavorn, K., Chaudhuri, D., Kobewka, D., & Kress, J. P. (2018). Cost Analysis of Noninvasive Helmet Ventilation Compared with Use of Noninvasive Face Mask in ARDS. Canadian respiratory journal, 2018, 6518572.

2. Norris, C., Jacobs, P., Rapoport, J., & Hamilton, S. (1995). ICU and non-ICU cost per day. Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthesie, 42(3), 192–196.

3. Patel, B. K., Wolfe, K. S., Pohlman, A. S., Hall, J. B., & Kress, J. P. (2016). Effect of Noninvasive Ventilation Delivered by Helmet vs Face Mask on the Rate of Endotracheal Intubation in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 315(22), 2435–2441.


             The course is impressive, thorough, detailed, and a must-see for all inter-professional teams working with COVID-19 patients (at a minimum).


I was engaged immediately in Module 1 by the history of helmet-based ventilation. I found it fascinating and informative (and plan to share it with others).


Module 2 was well placed and instructive (especially to a neophyte like me) about basic pathophysiology, physiological explanations, and their interface with different helmet applications (i.e., CPAP & PAV). The clinical descriptions were informative & detailed.


Module 3 was beneficial because it addressed many of the incidental questions providers might have in a classroom. These explanations were also detailed and thorough. The details would have been extremely useful to me if I worked with these helmets! My favorite section of this module was the self-proning & weaning section. I found myself saying, “wow, I never knew!” a couple of times. I also love that you have included the helmet failure factors. That is a necessary component of any education.


In Module 4, the issues and solutions sections were also comprehensive and thought-provoking. I especially loved the nursing interventions and nursing checklist.


Module 5 is very timely to the future of nursing 2030 report in that it detailed the importance and pathways for creating inter-professional helmet teams. Detailing patient education and costs s separate considerations again demonstrates the thoroughness of the education, especially from a nurse’s and administrator’s viewpoint.


In Module 6, I found the design discussions between helmets fascinating and instructive. I particularly like that it emphasizes the discussion is focused on the United States' availability of helmets. The accessories discussion offered a thorough approach to what otherwise might be overlooked in a presentation of equipment.


One of the essential takeaways I discovered is that helmets and helmet-based ventilation are patient-friendly, provider-friendly, and resource-friendly.

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Park Balevre, DNP, RN-BC, CNE 
Associate Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP Program at Chamberlain University College of Nursing

Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction to NIV 

Lesson 1: History, Trends and Challenges of NIV 

Lesson 2: Current Helmet NIV Use 

Lesson 3: The Benefits of Helmet NIV 

Module 1: Suggested Reading 

Module 1: Quiz

Module 2: Helmet NIV Indications, Set-up, and Applications

Lesson 1: Oxygen Delivery Configurations and Settings 

Lesson 2: Helmet Preparation, Application and Removal 

Lesson 3: Indications for Helmet NIV 

Module 2: Quiz

Module 3: Monitoring, Titration, and End of Treatment

Lesson 1: Starting Therapy 

Lesson 2: Titration of PEEP, Fi02 and Flow Rate 

Lesson 3: Benefits of Self-proning

Lesson 4: Helmet NIV Weaning 

Lesson 5: Helmet NIV Failure and Intubation 

Module 3: Quiz

Module 4: Helmet NIV Issues and Their Solutions

Lesson 1: Carbon Dioxide Rebreathing

Lesson 2: Air Leaks

Lesson 3: Asynchrony with the Ventilator

Lesson 4: Anxiety and Claustrophobia

Lesson 5: Noise and Pressure in Ears

Lesson 6: Skin Irritation and Injuries

Lesson 7: Meeting Patient's Basic Needs and Providing Comfort

Module 4: Nursing Checklist

Module 4: Quiz

Module 5: Helmet NIV Champions

Lesson 1: Essential Elements for Success 

Lesson 2: Patient Education 

Lesson 3: Cost of Helmet NIV 

Module 5: Quiz

Module 6: Helmets and Other Accessories

Lesson 1: Helmets Available in the US

Lesson 2: Key Elements of Helmet Design 

Lesson 3: Helmet Accessories

About Your Instructor

Aurika Savickaite, RN, MSN, was involved in successfully testing the helmet interface in the ICU at the University of Chicago during a three-year trial study.  She was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Rush University College of Nursing in 2014. There, she did her case presentation, Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV) for Treatment of Acute Respiratory Failure in Immunocompromised Patient, based on her experience with ventilation via the helmet.

Savickaite has worked as a registered nurse and patient care manager at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Medical Intensive Care Unit, and as a staff nurse at Vilnius University Hospital, Santariskiu Clinic, in the intensive care unit. 

Aurika Savickaite has been committed to community service for many years. Currently, she is a member of the Chicagoland Lithuanians Rotary Club and  creator of the She also provides trainings to clinicians on site or virtually.

Dr. John Kress, Advisor

John P. Kress, MD, specializes in all areas of pulmonary and critical care medicine. He has a particular interest in respiratory failure and shock.


He also serves as director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Procedure Service, specializing in a variety of invasive medical procedures. Dr. Kress sees patients in the outpatient pulmonary medicine clinic.


Dr. Kress' research has focused on sedation for critically ill patients with respiratory failure, and early intervention in patients with respiratory failure to reduce functional decline after discharge from the ICU.

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Helmet-Based Ventilation for Acute Respiratory Failure 

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  • When should I start seeing results?
    Upon buying or completing the course? If all team members have completed the course (RN, RT, and MD) and have applied at least 10-15 helmets in practice.
  • What type of results do you see from other students who have taken this course?
    We observed clinicians who received educational training on the device start using it in practice much faster and have more confidence when operating it for the first time. We also saw positive results in patients who received helmet-based ventilation and avoided mechanical intubation compared to patients who were using face masks.
  • How much money should I expect to save a year after completing this course?
    The savings are significant. Although it’s hard to quantify on an individual basis, a study by Kyeremanteng et al. (2018) showed that a helmet interface could save 449 million dollars a year in the US if used instead of a full face mask for selected group of patients.
  • Do you offer any type of discount?
    Yes, we do. If you belong to an organization or have multiple healthcare professionals who want to take the course, please email us at Special Price $125 for countries not in the World Bank "high-income group".
  • How long would it take me to finish this course?
    A total of four hours.
  • Why should I buy this course from you?
    Course creators researched it and consulted with experts in the field. In addition, the course was reviewed by clinicians, long-time helmet users and bioengineers. "The materials are based on their unique first-hand knowledge of the equipment on the market, and are designed to provide the most critical information which respects the learner’s background and limited time. This course is a must for people planning to implement HNIV in their facility, and is highly recommended for current practitioners in order to get up-to-date with current literature and methods. John Selker Lead Investigator for the Oregon State Univeristy Fast Response Respiration team (OFRR)"

An Investment for both Staff and Patients

This unique course provides invaluable information about the value and implementation of helmet-based ventilation. The benefits for investing in this course will pay dividends in the quality of care your staff can provide, the improved treatment of affected patients, and the value of your clinic to the community it serves. Enroll today.

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