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.
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.
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.
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. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6518572
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03010674
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. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2016.6338
WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING
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.
Park Balevre, DNP, RN-BC, CNE
Associate Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP Program at Chamberlain University College of Nursing
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 HelmetBasedVentilation.com 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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