Gerontology & Geriatrics

One-third of older adults die after emergency intubation

(HealthDay)—Of older adults who undergo intubation in the emergency department, 33 percent die during the index hospitalization, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Cardiology

Researcher reveals results of study on emergency breathing tubes

In a landmark study, researchers found that patients treated with paramedic oxygen delivery using a newer, more flexible laryngeal breathing tube may have a greater survival rate after sudden cardiac arrest than the traditional ...

Surgery

A better way to open an airway

We've all seen the procedure on medical drama television shows. A patient is critically injured or ill, and paramedics, nurses or doctors need to open their airway quickly. The delicate procedure is called intubation and ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Lung-protective ventilation ups outcomes post-abdominal op

(HealthDay)—For patients at intermediate to high risk of pulmonary complications after major abdominal surgery, lung-protective ventilation with the use of low tidal volumes and positive end-expiratory pressure is associated ...

Sleep apnea

Plant-made drug reverses breathing paralysis

Paralytic drugs like succinylcholine (SC) are often used during surgery or when critically ill patients require endotracheal intubation. But if the drug is not swiftly cleared from the patient's system, the results can be ...

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