When caregivers respond to an emergency, time is essential and assessing a patient’s vital signs is crucial. If a patient is having difficulty breathing, perhaps due to a critical illness or injury, one treatment option is endotracheal intubation. However, intubation may lead to complications, such as infection and damage to a patient’s airway, and it is associated with longer hospital stays and increased treatment costs when compared with noninvasive ventilation.1,2 As an alternative to intubation for some patients, Philips offers the WhisperFlow continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system.
Longer oxygen run times
WhisperFlow is ideal for EMS use because it conserves oxygen while delivering therapeutic CPAP with superb pressure control. On a D-size oxygen cylinder, WhisperFlow fixed-flow systems may last two-to-three times longer than some competitors during transport.3 Should your protocol require greater FIO2 flexibility, Philips also offers a variable flow system for appropriate titration.
Designed for the entire respiratory care cycle
With WhisperFlow, patients can be seamlessly transferred from EMS to Philips hospital CPAP and BiPAP systems.
As the leader in non-invasive ventilation (NIV) solutions, Philips offers not only WhisperFlow but also hospital CPAP and BiPAP Vision systems. With Philips non-invasive ventilation solutions, patients receive seamless respiratory care to and through the hospital. Using Philips masks with your WhisperFlow CPAP system can facilitate clinically effective and economically beneficial hospital exchange programs while enhancing a fast, simple transition to hospital NIV systems. With the compatibility provided by Philips NIV solutions, treatment disruptions, such as mask fitting and adjustment, may be minimized to ensure more consistent therapy for a patient. This seamless approach to NIV may not only save precious time but it may also avoid costs associated with using an additional mask when a patient is transported to the hospital.
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1. Wilkins RL, Stoller JK, Scanlan CL. Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, Eight Edition. Mosby, Inc. 2003. 994-999.2. Masip J, Roque M, Sanchez B, Fernandez R, Subirana M, Exposito J.Noninvasive ventilation in acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema. JAMA.2005; 294:3124-3130.3. McCoy RW, Ryan R. Comparison of Three CPAP Systems Used in EMS.Whitepaper, 2006.
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