Helmets from Texas to Ukraine via Chicago
The helmets were donated by Mr. Chris Austin Jr. the owner of Sea-Long Medical Systems.
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Here are two videos with the details, in English and in Russian.
Russian language video
English language video
If you know how to use Helmet based ventilation:
Each box includes:
10 or 11 Helmet kits:
1 Bacterial/viral filter - can be used as a muffler on the inspiratory port or prevent infection to spread into the environment.
1 Adapter to connect the filter and PEEP valve
1 PEEP valve
5 Hood clips
2 Underarm straps
1 Manual from the Manufacturer
1 Measuring tape to measure neck circumference
Video (11 min) How to assemble helmet - video from Manufacturer: https://youtu.be/VLa_fCzqk7s
0:36 - measure patient's neck
1:24 - cut the neck seal
2:40 - apply the helmet
6:14 - unpacking the kit
7:25 - assemble the helmet
8:59 - apply clips and underarm straps
Video (6.5 min) Set up by Dr. Cereda - connected helmet to max Ventury to deliver CPAP therapy.
If you want to learn how to use helmet based ventilation:
Free online course (in English):
Module 1: Introduction to NIV
Module 2: Helmet NIV Indications, Set-up, and Applications
Module 3: Monitoring, Titration, and End of Treatment
Module 4: Helmet NIV Issues and Solutions
Module 5: Helmet NIV Champions
Module 6: Helmets and Other Accessories
Modules 2,3, and 4 are the most important and practical for first-time helmet users.
Remember that Helmet CPAP is the easiest and most beneficial therapy for most patients. Helmet NIV or bi-level ventilation will require specific settings on the vent.
Here is the cheat sheet to use when setting up a ventilator:
NOTE: With BiPAP, there are two pressure levels that need to be set. The expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP), and the inspiratory positive airway pressure (IPAP). Set pressures at 50% higher levels than used with the Face Mask. On BIPAP set the rise time or the speed on the lowest setting as possible and there will be no issues with the triggering.
Nursing Checklist for Helmet based ventilation:
Mobile Smart Procedure Based on The University of Pennsylvania Medicine Guidelines, Dr. Maurizio F. Cereda (05/25/2020) - Can be downloaded and used offline.
On Web Browser on desktop: https://publications.ambifi.com/covid-19/helmet-cpap-upenn/index.html
On Smartphone and tablet: Download 'AmbiFi' from Apple App Store or Google Play Store Login with credentials:
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