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- Funding for Helmet-Based Ventilation Helps Clinicians Save Lives
12/22/2022 Chicago HelmetBasedVentilation.com serves as a resource to promote this type of technology as an early intervention that can reduce the time and severity of respiratory distress. This work is indebted to the Oregon State University Fast Response Respiration (OFRR) and its team: John Selker PhD, Frank Selker, Mark Johnson PhD, and Ted Selker PhD; and my husband David Lukauskas. “OFRR support for the helmet-based ventilation initiative has enabled us to spread the awareness of this method for treating respiratory distress around the world,” said website co-founder Aurika Savickaite, MSN, RN "thanks to support, enouragment and help from Ted Selker PhD a colleague at OFRR, I was able to continue my work and grow as an expert in this field" Helmet use in the US was proposed when ventilators were in high demand during peak COVID hospitalizations. Helmets interface can be used with BIPAP/CPAP machines or wall gases, saving ventilators for patients who are much sicker. To help the medical community around the world, Savickaite developed a four-hour training course for clinicians to learn how to use helmets. Video from the Helmet-based ventilation training course - Solutions for Ear pressure Savickaite and experts Dr. Bhakti Patel, Dr. John P. Kress, Dr. Jesse Hall, Dr. Maurizio Cereda, and Dr. Giacomo Bellani offered feedback and suggestions to the World Health Organization, which included helmet use for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) in its 2022 WHO Clinical Care for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Toolkit. It was the first time WHO addressed helmets in addition to face masks in its recommendations. “This session brought together clinical experts from around the world to discuss the clinical management of critical patients and covered recognition of ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), use of NIPPV, optimized supportive care, prevention of complications, and patient-centered care,” Savickaite said. A recording of the seminar is available: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/06/21/default-calendar/covid-19-case-management-webinar-series--care-of-the-critical-patient Helmets have been used for more than 20 years in some countries, such as Italy and the UK where they are common in hospitals and ambulances when patients are in respiratory distress. In 2021 Savickaite visited helmet manufacturers DIMAR, Harol, and StarMed, in Italy and this year the world’s largest manufacturer, Intersurgical, in the United Kingdom and its plant in Lithuania. Intersurgical purchased Italian StarMed, and it has encouraged StarMed to grow and improve its helmets. Cooperation with helmet manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, and volunteers resulted in 364 StarMed, 80 US-made Sea-Long, and over 400 Subsalve helmets being sent to multiple hospitals devastated by war in the Lviv and Kharkiv regions of Ukraine. In November 2022, Savickaite presented helmets at ANZICS ’22 (Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society) conference in Dunedin, NZ. During the trip, Savickaite visited ICUs and meet clinicians on-site to share her experience with helmet-based ventilation. She also spent time with the SouthMed team who developed Suzy Hood in NZ. “We also have worked with the Every Breath Counts Coalition, having multiple conversations with them, preparing presentation materials, and presenting together to humanitarian agencies including WHO,” Savickaite said. Every Breath Counts Coalition led by Leith Greenslade is the world’s first public-private partnership to support national governments to end pneumonia deaths by 2030, which has an ambitious goal: to reduce the number of children and adults dying from pneumonia by closing the critical gaps in pneumonia prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The website, www.helmetbasedventilation.com, continues to raise awareness as Savickaite participates in interviews for podcasts, video recordings, and blogs. An ever-growing audience helps expand the message about helmet-based ventilation, particularly in the United States where helmet use is relatively new. Special thanks to Dr. John P. Kress and Dr. Bhakti Patel from the University of Chicago; Viktorija Trimbel, Finance & Governance expert; Raminta Lilaite, Kristina Skindelytė, and Ieva Mackevičiūtė from Blue Oceans PR. We are incredibly grateful for your time and dedication to help us with our work since day one. Your willingness to offer your expertise and guidance has been invaluable, and we are deeply appreciative of your hard work and generosity. We truly could not have done it without you and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope you know just how much your contribution has meant to us. "We are always looking for your support and today we need it more than ever to continue our mission. If helmets will not be adopted in our Hospitals - we will have 20-30% more patients on mechanical ventilation" Savickaite said. Continued funding for the www.helmetbasedventilation.com website will allow Savickaite and her team to further spread the message of helmet use around the globe through subscribers and shared information. To learn how to help support this goal, go to: https://www.helmetbasedventilation.com/contact.
- Infographic | Types of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation via Helmet Interface
December 8, 2022, | Chicago | Infographics #6 by HelmetBasedVentilation.com To learn more about Helmet-Based ventilation - click here.
- Helmets Provide Practical and Innovative Solutions for Patients and Medical Staff
10/06/2022 Chicago Helmet-based ventilation isn’t a new technology, but how it’s helping innovate patient care in COVID and non-COVID times was the focus of a Medicine For Good podcast. Dr. Julieta Gabiola, a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and the president and CEO of ABCs for Global Health, hosts the podcast, Simple Solutions to Medical Challenges: The Wonder That Is Helmet-Based Positive Pressure Ventilation. She interviewed Aurika Savickaite, MSN, RN, co-founder of www.helmetbasedventilation.com, a website aimed at increasing awareness and safe use of helmets to treat patients with severe respiratory illnesses. “Every innovation leads to a new thing, but not every new thing is an innovation,” Gabiola said. “Some innovations are old but may have new creative applications and may even provide practical solutions, for that matter." “Some innovations may be very simple but may have powerful impact or may lead to meaningful outcomes. Helmet-based ventilation is one of these innovations, which offers practical solutions during COVID or non-COVID times,” Gabiola said. Savickaite participated in one of the first studies of helmets in the United States by Bhakti Patel, MD, and to share those positive results with her colleagues and professors she wrote her capstone paper about it back in 2014. “You know, when you come to the US, and you see all this technology that is available in ICUs, all this high-tech equipment that is just so fascinating, I love learning about it. And it was so exciting to be there with the team and to bring more innovation and high-tech. And then one day, when I saw the helmet, I was thinking, ‘Wait for a second, there are no buttons to push, there is nothing super fancy about the helmet. How is that going to work?’ So, helmet looked a little bit funny. Still when I saw the results when I saw these patients who were able to take a breath, rest, and who were able to go over that most difficult stage in their disease when their ventilator was right next to their bed, and we were ready to intubate the patient any moment,” Savickaite said. “It gives you that long-term, non-interrupted noninvasive ventilation or CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy for the patient,” Savickaite said. “It is very comfortable to wear. Nothing touches patients' faces so they can receive pain-free therapy. “If needed, you can increase the PEEP (positive end-expiratory pressure), wherewith the face mask there are many limitations. If you are using the higher PEEP, you’ll notice air leaks around the face mask, to prevent it - you have to press the mask even harder into the face, and then the skin breakdown will begin,” she said. Helmets offer a universal fit. It doesn’t matter if you have facial hair, trauma to the face, or missing teeth, the helmet fits around the neck with a soft silicone seal that prevents air leaks and improves infection control. The patient can cough, speak, drink, eat, see, hear and have suction and oral care while wearing a helmet. The helmet shouldn’t get clouded or fogged, because the air doesn’t need humidification or to be heated. Helmets help prevent aspiration from emesis because the air is not pushing stomach contents into your lungs. There’s nothing touching the patient’s face to cause anxiety. They fit all sizes, from pediatric to obese patients. It feels like wearing a loose turtleneck, Savickaite said, noting clinicians should try on the helmet first to give confidence to their patients. Savickaite said helmets should be used as the first line of care – not as a last resort. Helmets can be a diagnostic tool, she added. “You will know if a patient is going to do well” within 30 to 60 minutes of starting helmet-based ventilation. “If you don’t see improvement, you might need to have that patient intubated. Don’t delay intubation.” Gabiola noted that helmets have been used in Italy for 20 years, and they worked well during the pandemic. Italy used helmets to help deal with a shortage of ICU rooms and resources, including ventilators and nurses to operate the equipment, Savickaite said. They looked at ways to improve the technology they had to avoid ICU and intubation, even preadmission in the ambulance. “They saw how much patients improved and recovered,” she said. Today, many countries around the world are adopting helmet use. Helmets are two to three times cheaper than face masks, Savickaite said, noting they cost between $125 and $200 per helmet. One helmet can be used for the same patient throughout an entire hospital stay – it doesn’t have to be changed. “If we use helmets now instead of the face mask, we can save $449 million a year in the US. That calculation was done based on the Patel study that was way back before COVID, so I can see that we probably could save even more,” she added. In Italy, clinicians will use one face mask for every three patients using helmets, Savickaite said. “They use the interface every day,” which is why there are a lot of studies about helmets from Italy. One thing to note when reading studies, she said, is that helmet NIV, or noninvasive ventilation, is very different from helmet CPAP. NIV is bi-level ventilation, in which you set up pressure support and PEEP; CPAP provides helmet flow and PEEP. It’s important to know the difference when using helmets, she said. Training is important for anyone new to helmet use to shorten the learning curve and ensure successful NIV with a helmet. She and a team of doctors involved in helmet-based ventilation created a free, four-hour online course to help nurses, respiratory therapists, and hospitalists learn how to use helmets for patients in respiratory distress.
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- About Us
About us We created this website on 3/18/2020, at the peak of the pandemic uncertainty, to curate and share high-quality clinical and practical information for the global medical community about non-invasive ventilation (NIV) via helmet and to help healthcare professionals learn the benefits of this device for treating patients with COVID-19, a disease caused by a respiratory virus that can result in severe illness and respiratory distress in some people. Using a helmet-based ventilator can save lives. For countries lacking enough traditional ventilators because of increased hospitalizations from severe cases of COVID-19, noninvasive ventilation (NIV) via helmet offers a viable solution. A three-year trial study at the University of Chicago, that our founder Aurika was directly involved with, found ventilation via helmet is superior for these reasons: Results in faster recovery time, shortening an ICU stay Reduces the need to intubate Lowers ICU mortality Results in minimum or no sedation Provides a cost-saving (speedier recovery, less invasive treatment, and a lower-cost device) Since then, our initiative received numerous awards and recognitions and has become a leading global depository of know-how and expertise in non-invasive helmet-based ventilation methods for patients with respiratory distress. We are in particular happy to share that in September 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) Clinical Care for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Toolkit included helmet-based therapies, providing valuable information for clinicians who wish to use helmets to treat patients. Our proprietary helmet-based ventilation training course is now available for free to help clinicians around the world to use helmets safely and effectively. How YOU CAN HELP: ALERT relevant experts and decision-makers about this info source – SHARE a link to our web www.helmetbasedventilation.com SUBMIT INFO & contact/capacity/shortage/resource DATA (non-invasive ventilation related ONLY) on worldwide Clinicians, ICU staff, and hospital leaders existing manufacturers, their capacities & needs for supplies or funding to expand output potential pivoting manufacturers, their capacities & needs for expertise, supplies, or funding to create new capacity public, private, and charity funding sources for hospitals and helmet suppliers hospital demand any other relevant ideas and suggestions Aurika Savickaite Aurika Savickaite, RN, MSN, was involved in the successful testing of the helmet ventilator in the ICU at the University of Chicago during a three-year trial study . While in pursuit of a Master of Science in Nursing – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree at Rush University College of Nursing (2014), she wrote her capstone paper, Noninvasive 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. She earned a Bachelor of Rehabilitation and Nursing at Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine in 2001. Aurika Savickaite has been committed to community service for many years. Currently, she is a member of the Chicagoland Lithuanians Rotary Club. Aurika Savickaite Advisor - Dr. John P. Kress, MD 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. Dr. John P. Kress, MD 2016 video demonstration of how a helmet interface for noninvasive ventilation is assembled and applied to the patient Team David Lukauskas David Lukauskas is an entrepreneur and a biohacker. David has been involved in marketing and advertising for businesses to reach online and in-person customers for nearly 20 years as a business owner and founder. His business savvy helped to turn a random dinner conversation into a full-fledged global initiative and reach out to clinicians, engineers, and non-invasive helmet-based ventilation device manufacturers in different countries around the world. Additionally, he is CEO of Chicago-based Crowd Control DIRECT Inc ., a business he founded in 2009, which supplies waiting line management systems and safety products across the country and abroad. To meet the extreme energy demands of being an entrepreneur, Lukauskas practices biohacking to perform at a high level and maximize human performance. David Lukauskas Viktorija Trimbel Viktorija Trimbel is a professional board member and strategic advisor with 25+ years of outstanding track record in strategy, corporate governance, finance, structuring, leading and executing highly complex M&A and investment projects & transactions, design & digitalization of business processes for local and international clients as well as the public sector. Her current professional and research interests focus on platform/network governance, the convergence of power of the flux networks, and collective intelligence for fast and future-proof strategic decision-making. Viktorija Trimbel has been dedicated to community service and empowerment for many years. She has been mentoring startup companies and entrepreneurs for over 15 years and was listed among Top-100 Women in Tech in Europe 2012. Additionally, she became the first-ever woman Governor of Rotary International in Lithuania in 2020-2021 and a Member of the global Membership Growth Committee in 2020-2023. She became the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) in 2015 and received the National Rotary Award in 2019. Viktorija Trimbel Awards & recognitions Helmet-based Ventilation has become the finalist of the Global Awards 2020, organized by the WomenTech Network, in the category "Women-led Startup in Tech of the Year" as well as the Global Lithuanian Awards 2020 under the auspices of the President of Lithuania, in the category "For Global Experience Against Pandemic Challenges". The initiative was featured in many top media outlets and presented at different business conferences and medical industry podcasts. It was also featured on the main website of Rotary International, showcasing various initiatives around the world (full text available online: https://www.rotary.org/en/hacking-solution-covid-19-pandemic) How this project started It all began the evening of March 17, 2020, while Aurika Savickaite and her husband, David Lukauskas, sat around the kitchen table in Chicago. They, like many others throughout the country, weren’t discussing St. Patrick’s Day festivities or the weather – the topic was the COVID-19 virus. Aurika recalled the 3-year trial study and the successful testing of the helmet-based ventilation when she worked at the ICU at the University of Chicago Hospital. Aurika shared this was only a study -- but while helmets were currently being used in Europe to treat COVID-19 affected patients, they were not being used in the United States, where cases of COVID-19 were increasing . The statement caught David by surprise. “What did you just say?” he asked Aurika. That simple question sparked an into-the-night conversation as the couple discussed the potentially deadly outcomes should there not be enough beds in intensive care units or enough ventilators for the patients hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus. The domain HelmetBasedVentilation.com was registered that night. The next day, David was telling his sister, Viktorija Trimbel, about this project. Before David could finish his explanation, Viktorija offered her help and joined the team. Just one day later, the website was launched, it's being updated 24/7, connecting decision-makers and publishing content for medical professionals. Supporters Blue Oceans PR Communications Partner “Blue Oceans PR” is a boutique digital PR agency with a strong focus on reaching top global media and creating a buzz. Being truthful to the original Blue Oceans Strategy, it always looks to find unique brand communication angles while securing relevant publicity for each client. The agency specializes in B2B, Tech, Fintech, SME and complex subject matter public relations, executes national and regional brand communication and offers quality content planning and creation services employing most relevant digital solutions. For more information, visit www.blueoceanspr.com Disclaimer All research and clinical material published on this website is for informational purposes only. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources. Patients and consumers should review the information carefully with their professional health care provider. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. Aurika Savickaite will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising therefrom. We share tips and ideas from those using helmets, but these may be off-label and untested ideas and should not be construed as medical advice, FDA approved modifications or proven safe or effective. Please consider these with caution.
- Helmet Based Ventilation for COVID-19 | Non-Invasive Ventilation, NIV
Research Infographics Medical Guidelines Helmet-based Ventilation Online Course is Now Live! Learn More Helmet-based positive pressure ventilation is a valuable solution for treating COVID-19 and other respiratory distress Our goal is to provide practical high-quality information to clinicians about helmet use for noninvasive ventilation in patients who have respiratory distress as a complication of the COVID-19 virus. Helmet-based positive pressure ventilation saves lives, shortens ICU stays for patients who need mechanical ventilation and can be used on step-down units. In addition, it can be used for other patients who have different causes of respiratory distress. Latest Articles Helmets Provide Practical and Innovative Solutions for Patients and Medical Staff 35 WHO Recommends Helmet Use for Non-Invasive Ventilation in New Guidelines! 71 Helmet-Based Ventilation on "Exhale with Vitalograph" Podcast 103 Helmets Used to Reduce Clinicians Workload and improve NIV 180 Is CPAP Therapy the Best for COVID Patients: What do We Know? 166 DIMAR Helmets Support Varied Use for COVID and Non-COVID Patients 561 Helmet Manufacturer Harol - NIV Experts for over 40 Years 132 Solutions to Medical Challenges - "Sometimes the Simplest Things Can Have the Greatest Impact" 157 New Application of Artificial Intelligence for Mechanical Ventilation 275 Brazil - "Elmo" Helmet Saves Lives at the Peak of COVID 358 Helmet-Based Ventilation Webinar with Experts 157 Monitoring Device for Helmet CPAP - FDA EUA Approved 177 Helmet NIV Success: Combining Knowledge and Experience 161 Bioengineers Developed Open-Source NIV Helmet Design 319 Hands-On Review - Harol Hoods from Italy 261 Webinar - NIV Respiratory Assist Helmets Evaluated by Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) 208 OxyJet CPAP - Simple Design and Low-Cost System for Non-Invasive Ventilation 726 Oxygen Hoods Reduced the Need for Intubation in COVID-19 Patients 391 Hands-On Review - Haven Hoods from Phoenix Medical Systems, India 705 StarMed - Decades of Experience in Creating Optimal Helmet Design for Non-Invasive Ventilation 433 Hands-On Review - NIV StarMed CaStar R Hood from Intersurgical Ltd 801 New Hampshire Company Focuses on Helmet Accessories to Further Success of NIV Treatment 422 Oxygen Tent Designed From the Heart by Laser Company 389 "Subsalve" Oxygen Treatment Hood Gains FDA Emergency Use Authorization 1,308 Hands-On Review - VYATIL Oxygen Tent from The LMD Power of Light 517 Respiratory Therapist Offers Tips on how to Adopt and Implement Helmet NIV 325 "The Technology to Save Lives, and That’s What We’re All About" Sea-Long Helmet Success Story 510 Infographic | Comparison of Helmet NIV, Face Mask and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation 1,545 A Portable, Low-Cost CPAP/BiPAP and NIV Helmet setup developed by Dr. Khan for COVID-19 patients 1,269 "Subsalve" Helmet Non-Invasive Ventilation Set-up with safety features 611 Bubble Helmets made in Paraguay bring down the fear in the medical community during COVID-19 564 Webinar - Saving Lives Through Non-Invasive Ventilation via a Helmet 265 Protocols and Guidelines about Helmet Ventilation (NIV) 9,985 One Innovator and Big Mission to Save Lives 626 Hands-On Review - NIV Oxygen Treatment Hood (Helmet) from Amron International 780 California-based Amron International finds success in modified oxygen hood design for NIV 494 Hands-On Review - NIV Positive Pressure Helmet from NASA, Virgin Galactic & The Spaceship Company 578 Canada getting on board with helmet-based ventilation as worldwide efforts continue to combat COVID 566 NIV Helmet training video guidelines & FAQ by Dr. Bhakti Patel & Helmets for Humanity Project 1,548 Hands-On Review - Non-invasive Ventilator Helmet from the EXTOL Inc. 749 Hands-On Review - "COVID NIV Helmet" from the Sea-Long Medical Systems 1,338 Under-Developed Nations Under Fire as COVID-19 Spreads 166 Hands-On Review of 5 NIV "Bubble" Helmets made by Amron, SUBSALVE, Sea-Long, Extol & NASA 2,202 AmbiFi brings just-in-time digital training and support to physicians and clinicians during pandemic 417 Dr. Yuri Gelland is sharing his simple, inexpensive, and effective "bubble helmet" design idea 1,195 Helmet Setup for Noninvasive Ventilation for COVID-19 (NIV Hood) 4,153 “Mercedes” is making a facemask - “Tesla” should make a bubble helmet 382 Hands-On Review of an NIV Helmet "Oxygen Hood" from the SUBSALVE USA 2,007 "The helmet based ventilation system is simple and safe" said Dr. Maurizio Cereda from Penn Medicine 1,302 Video - Non-Invasive CPAP by Helmet Setup COVID-19 | Maurizio Franco Cereda, MD 2,425