If you’ve been by the nursery or NICU this month, you may have noticed the babies decked out in tiny red hats. February is National Heart Month, and the American Heart Association is using the hats to raise awareness of heart health in women and children in an innovative way.
Topics: American Heart Association
In the final section of our podcast, "Making a Difference: Targeted Temperature Management in Neonatal Care", Jennifer Norgaard RN, a NICU clinical nurse specialist at a level IV NICU in California, walked us through the process of treating hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) with therapeutic hypothermia. She has expressed that HIE has had limited treatment options and that therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has so far shown the greatest success in minimizing brain damage.
Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections
A common concern during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery is the possibility of NTM contamination of the water in the heater-cooler unit used to control the temperature of the patient and the blood going through the membrane oxygenator. As indicated in this FDA Safety Communication, Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) is widespread in nature, including tap water, and is not typically dangerous.
However, complications have been found when present in cardiac procedures with immunocompromised patients or seriously ill patients. This CDC Alert notes that specific heater-cooler devices have been associated with these infections.
Patient temperature regulation in the operating room is a key area where targeted temperature management technology is appropriate. Understanding the features of various heating and cooling blanket options and how to select the right one is critical for proper utilization.
Topics: Patient Temperature Management
We recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Jennifer Norgaard, MSN, RN, NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist at a Level IV NICU in California. She was addressing the issue of patient temperature management in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and provided insight into the causes and standard of care for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in neonates.
Topics: Patient Temperature Management
Francois Castaing, Chairman of the Board at Gentherm announced on October 3rd, 2017, that Phillip Eyler will be joining the Gentherm organization as the new President and Chief Executive Officer at Gentherm Incorporated, the parent company of CSZ Medical.
We continued our interview with Jennifer Norgaard about targeted temperature management in the NICU by addressing the criteria for infant cooling. As a review, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is caused by oxygen deprivation at the time of birth. This shortage of oxygen can have severe consequences on the infant's developing brain, causing motor and cognitive issues later in life. Since HIE is caused by a variety of fetal, maternal, and environmental causes, there is no sure way to prevent this syndrome.
NORTHVILLE, Mich., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentherm (NASDAQ-GS:THRM), the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, announced today it has acquired Etratech Enterprises, Inc. for approximately US$64 million in an all cash transaction. Etratech, based in Burlington, Canada, specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced electronic controls and control systems for the Automotive, RV and Marine, Security, Medical and other industries. Etratech's capabilities help OEM customers rapidly innovate and bring new technologies to market.
Data was accumulated during a nine-year study of elective surgical cases. For those of us who work in or manage operating rooms, the results were stunning:
Every preventive maintenance program is tailored to protect patients, keep equipment in good working order to maintain reliable operation, reduce the risk of injury to end users and avoid costly, unscheduled repairs. A factor which is critical to healthcare facilities is the cost of maintenance vs. the cost of downtime.
Topics: Preventive Maintenance
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