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Asthma and Redlining

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Heyo! It’s a blog post here at Rhonchi — check this article: Historically redlined communities face higher asthma rates

“Redlining maps that were drawn 80 years ago, partially on the basis of race, are still predictive of not only who lives in a neighborhood, but also what kind of health problems they are experiencing,” said Anthony Nardone, a medical student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, who led the analysis.

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So if you’re reading this — well — I’m shocked — my intent for this site was to be something for Respiratory Therapists. It’s named, after all, for a breath sound.

I’ve updated this site to WordPress version 5.1-alpha-43678. I did this via the good ol’ command line: wp core update --version=nightly.

But anyway, really I needed a site I could test my plugin Open Graph Protocol Tools with on 5.x to test that the new Gutenberg tools work. Mind you, there’s no real reason to believe that a plugin that injects things into the HTML <head> would impact Gutenberg stuff but better safe than sorry.

Lung on a chip

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In a move that could signal a shift in the way we test pharmaceuticals, researchers at Harvard University have developed a human lung on a chip. The tiny device contains actual human cells, mimicking the way the human lung works.


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Social Networking and RTs

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Good article in ADVANCE: Social Networking Websites Dos and Don’ts:

  1. Don’t deliberately disclose protected health information
  2. Don’t discuss “OMG” clinical situations
  3. Do consider whether those compromising spring break pictures are really going to enhance your social standing
  4. Do use restraint when discussing your personal opinions
  5. Don’t expect any privacy when using your employer’s computer or mobile device

The whole thing is worth a read. In general, never put anything online that you would not be comfortable appearing on the front page of your local paper.

The bit about disclosing patient information is much more critical, and stems from a more general point about the incredible importance of patient privacy rights.

Power failure kills woman who spent 50 years in iron lung

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I never took care of anyone who was in an iron lung, but I did see one in action on a patient at UVa many years ago. The main thing I remember was that the huge piston which provided the actual pressure gradient to cause ventilation. As I recall, the vent sheets were different because an iron lung is so different from a mechanical ventilator.

The family of a Tennessee woman who spent more than 50 years in an iron lung says she has died after a power failure shut down the machine that kept her breathing.

Dianne Odell said she died early Wednesday. The 61-year-old had been confined to the 3.5-metre-long machine since she was stricken by polio at 3 years old.

Brother-in-law Will Beyer said family members were unable to get an emergency generator working for the iron lung after a power failure knocked out electricity to the Odell family’s residence near Jackson.

Ms. Odell spent her life in the iron lung, cared for by her parents and other family members. Though confined inside the apparatus, Ms. Odell managed to get a high school diploma, take college courses and write a children’s book.

Any of our readers ever manage an iron lung?

Background on iron lungs, which includes some interesting links to other iron lung information.

Home Made Ventilators used during the Polio Epidemic


I recently posted a piece on my own blog about the use of home made ventilators during the polio epidemic of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Here is the link.

Home made Polio Epidemic Ventilators

The need for ventilators was greater than the supply, and it appeared that many people especially children would die as a result. Some of the original inventors and developers of ventilators including Drinker, produced designs for ventilators that could be built from easily obtainable components and constructed by craftsmen. These home built ventilators were used to save the lives of people who could not obtain a commercial ventilator to use in this emergency. There are pictures and assembly drawings of these ventilators.

The Pandemic Ventilator Project

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