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David Blaine and Apnea

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The David Blaine holding-his-breath stunt is pretty amazing, and rather scary. It looks like he pulled it off with rigorous training, and lots of medical supervision. Time has a good wrap up in How David Blaine Held His Breath:

With or without pure oxygen, holding your breath is a difficult and dangerous pasttime even for elite athletes. When not done carefully, it can lead to drowning, or to potential tissue damage in the heart, brains or lungs. Preliminary results from Potkin’s research into apnea’s long-term effects show some abnormal brain scans among young, extreme free divers. There’s still much to learn about the phenomenon; as a medical student, Potkin recalls, he was told that no one could hold his breath for more than five minutes without suffering brain damage. Now, he wants to see if the technique can be used for medical purposes — and he’s hoping Blaine’s latest stunt provides the impetus for a greater scientific understanding of how to hold one’s breath.

Dr. Potkin is on staff at the Beverly Hills Center for Hyperbaric Medicine.

Have any of the RTs out there worked with people doing this kind of training?

I’d imagine when this goes wrong, it goes really wrong.

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Oxygen + Smoking = Problem

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Don’t do this please! Smoker, 90, critically burned as oxygen tank ignites

A 90-year-old Ypsilanti woman was criticially injured Thursday when the oxygen system she was using to breathe caught on fire while she was smoking.

Firefighters responded to the 400 block of West Michigan Avenue around 11:30 p.m. to find the woman and her couch on fire. The woman sustained second- and third-degree burns on most of her body and was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital. Her condition was unavailable Friday.

The woman was involved in a similar fire in May while she was smoking, but she was not hurt, firefighters said.

Damage at the apartment was estimated at about $1,000, firefighters said

Bill Fralick, RT Recruiter; healthcarescouts.com

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I got this email recently:

My name is Bill Fralick and I am the Director of the Respiratory Therapy division for Healthcare Scouts and a respiratory therapist. I am looking for Respiratory Therapists nationwide. Healthcare Scouts are the premier career advisors for RT’s nationally. Give me a call at (800) 708-0605 ext 128 or visit our website www.healthcarescouts.com to find out what career opportunities we can guide you to!

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RT Jobs in Virginia Beach

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Delores Jacobson wrote:

We are looking for CRTs and RRTs for our staffing agency in Virginia Beach. Do you know of any sites that cater to Respiratory Techs that have “Help Wanted” listings? If you know of a site or are intrested in securing employment as a CRT or RRT in Virginia Beach-Hampton Roads area, please email me at djacobson@arcadiaservices.com or call 757-497-6459. Thanks!

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From the Mailbag: Question About Batch Treatments

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Mark Stuckwish sent us a note:

I am a manager w/30 yrs experience and am very concerned about “batching treatments” with masks. Most patients are nose breathers and the turbinates are giant baffling systems.I cannot find a single recommendation for delivering bronchodilators through the nose, neb or MDI.It’s like throwing pills at a patients. open mouth and hoping some make it in! How long would that practice last? Any studies/concerns from CMS, JCAHO, anybody? I could not access the GB study, just the brief article.thanks. Mark

Anyone care to answer?

Maybe this blog needs to turn into something more like a forum?

UK Lung patients ‘getting poor treatment’

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The Observer | UK News | Lung patients ‘getting poor treatment’

Thousands of patients with chronic lung disease are being misdiagnosed and receive poor hospital care, according to the Healthcare Commission.

A national study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects up to one in 20 Britons, has revealed that many patients are receiving very sub-standard treatment. The report, to be published on Wednesday, is expected to say that this may be because of a stigma that it is a ‘smoker’s disease’ and because some people feel that little can be done for patients.

I don’t see the report on the UK Healthcare Commissions site: http://www.healthcarecommission.org.uk/ 

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