Respiratory Care Week is October 25-31 and is a time dedicated to celebrating the Respiratory Therapy profession. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to patients; you have continued to show how vital you are to the healthcare team.
We at IngMar Medical are proud to celebrate RC Week and we stand by the Respiratory Therapy profession every single day. In fact, we have three Respiratory Therapists on-staff at IngMar Medical! Our RTs are dedicated to being the voice of our clients; they share client feedback to help continuously develop and improve our products as well as provide product training and customized consultation.
To celebrate RC Week 2020, our RTs thoughtfully contributed to a discussion around their experiences and hopes for the future.
How were you taught ventilation training in school?
Jessica: “We had traditional lecture, lab time, competencies throughout the class and simulation involving a manikin and test lung. We were also given the use of ventilators outside of class to practice during free hours with a booklet of patient cases and fill-in-the-blank ventilator changes. After going through these portions, we’d have real patient interaction, under the supervision of a preceptor at a multitude of hospitals in different units.”
Justina: “We learned about ventilator management from a book/ lecture. Then, we would do lab time with a ventilator and a test lung. Lastly, we’d do clinical with a real patient and hope to see “good” cases.”
Kimber: “We had traditional lecture and extensive lab time over two semesters. The lab time used simulated ventilators on the computer and hands-on cases studies/ competencies with real ventilators and test lungs. The majority of the time we used real ventilators to learn and observe the mechanics of ventilation. Then, we had three semesters of in-hospital clinical rotations in which we took care of ventilated patients under the supervision of another Respiratory Therapist.”
What is your opinion on the necessity and importance of simulation for ventilation training?
Jessica: “Simulation is a vital component for teaching students. We can see in this time of a pandemic how necessary it is to teach using simulation. Students will still need to see real patients and have that interaction, but simulation gives them confidence and the critical thinking skills that are needed in a high pressure situation, without the consequences of making a critical mistake. Simulation also allows for rare cases that might never be seen in the short period of time that students have during clinical rotation.”
Justina: “Educators can’t always show the cases that they want to teach about in clinical rotations. Simulation gives educators the ability to show these cases anytime they need to. Sometimes during clinical, you would have no ventilators or very basic ventilated patients – this doesn’t always prepare you to deal with any type of patient in the hospital setting.”
Kimber: “Simulation is vitally important to mechanical ventilation education. It is nearly impossible to understand ventilation without seeing it in-person. Learning on a simulated patient is ideal, because one can make mistakes and learn from them without ever harming a patient. This allows the learner to focus on the concepts instead of the fear of doing harm to a living being.”
A current topic of discussion is the balance between enabling and empowering RTs while also encouraging other disciplines to raise their mechanical ventilation competency level. What is your opinion on this?
Jessica: “I believe that the advanced interaction and training with mechanical ventilators should be a focus for Respiratory Therapists and Physicians who handle critical care patients. There is so much to learn about ventilation, oxygenation, different ventilator nuances, and ongoing lifelong learning; it really becomes a full-time job in itself. Other clinicians, such as nursing, should understand the basic of mechanical ventilation and how they relate to the physiology of the patient such as ventilator alarms and troubleshooting the cause.”
Justina: “Before recently traveling to New York City, the epicenter of the COVID crisis, I agreed that ventilator training should be reserved for RTs and MDs. However, after speaking with the frontline clinicians, who were not able to care for each of their 200 ventilated patients, I realized why it is so important to be able to train other medical professionals on the basics of mechanical ventilation. This ability to provide quick training to clinicians (that may have never seen a ventilator) could make a major difference in the care that we provide to our patients. This basic knowledge would allow for a wide range of clinicians to be able to help RTs and MDs out if this great need would ever arise again. The intricacies of advanced mechanical ventilation training should still be reserved for the clinicians with the proper respiratory background, but working as a team in patient care will only lead to better outcomes for our patients.”
Kimber: “I feel that critical clinicians should be trained in basic mechanical ventilation. This does not mean that critical care clinicians should be able make ventilator changes, but having a basic knowledge improves patient care all around. Ventilator management should be left to the experts who are licensed to do so such as RTs, MDs, PAs, and NPs. These medical professionals should have extensive training that surpass a ‘basic understanding’.”
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Part of our mission is to decrease suffering and improve patient outcomes for those who rely on respiratory devices and treatments. We aim to fulfill this mission by providing educators with the tools necessary to provide hands-on mechanical ventilation training. Please continue to reach out to IngMar Medical for your respiratory simulation needs.
- Join us for a virtual product demonstration of the ASL 5000™ Lung Solution and learn about the benefits of using the ASL 5000 to prepare your learners to assess and manage any respiratory condition on any real ventilator in any mode of ventilation.
This session includes:
- An introduction to the ASL 5000 Lung Solution
- Live Patient-Ventilator Interactions
It should be a source of hope and optimism to see how the country is coming together to find ways to address systemic racism on all different levels. IngMar Medical is committed to examine our own opportunities to make the needed contributions to this effort and to being a voice in the chorus of those who are envisioning a future without discrimination. No business exists in a vacuum, but in a framework where not only money and goods are exchanged, but values are shaped and upheld, and where people’s lives are touched in many different ways.
IngMar Medical is a business that has the mission to help the medical community by improving respiratory care for patients. Our mission is based on core values that we have stated internally and that are shared by the medical simulation community.
- Abundance Mentality
It appears altogether fitting to explicitly add Diversity to this list and to make these core values reflect a public statement that we want to be held against. Read more about our Mission, Vision and Values here.
We, individually and collectively, have choices about who we want to be. We have the power to shape our interactions with the world and we need to use this power to actively promote the truth that all people are created equal. There is much work to be done.
The death of George Floyd is a stark reminder that the demons of the past are also the demons of today. Police do not apply “protect and serve” to all of us who live in this country in the same way. We grieve not only for the senseless loss of black lives, but also for the loss of freedom from fear, the loss of opportunity, the loss of many of the basic things that we all claim that humans have a right to in their pursuit of happiness.
We must ask ourselves what contributions we are making to abolish the system of racism that still undeniably exists all around us. Our voice in the chorus of those who are envisioning a future without discrimination is critical.
No business exists in a vacuum, but in a framework where not only money and goods are exchanged, but values are shaped and upheld, and where people’s lives are touched in many different ways.
We, collectively, can be who we want to be. We have the power to shape our interactions with the world. We need to use this power to set the bar high. We need to use this power to actively promote the self evident truth that all people are created equal.
– Stefan Frembgen, President/CEO, IngMar Medical
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses across the world in dramatically different ways as some businesses are thriving, while others are diminishing.
About half of United States manufacturers are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain open during the pandemic.
As a life-sustaining business, IngMar Medical is honored to stay open and provide the tools necessary for the respiratory community to save lives.
In an effort to meet the demand for respiratory simulation solutions, we have:
- Prepared to follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines via a Workplace Health & Safety Monitor
- Expanded and adjusted our manufacturing workspace to adhere to social distancing guidelines
- Grown our essential workforce team to include more Production Technicians
- Taken a proactive approach to find supply chain bottle necks and overcome them
We, at IngMar Medical, are humbled and grateful to be in the position to remain open and dedicated to our mission of decreasing suffering and improving patient outcomes for those who rely on respiratory devices.
Recently, Pittsburgh public radio station WESA-FM, published a story on how local businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. IngMar Medical President Stefan Frembgen was interviewed for the story.
IngMar Medical hosted a live webinar on Tuesday, April 14th at 2pm ET. During this webinar we will walk you through a simulation scenario using our RespiSim® System, to prepare for management of a ventilated patient diagnosed with COVID-19.
IngMar Medical and Laerdal Medical will be co-hosting a live webinar on Thursday, April 2nd. During this webinar, you will learn how to run three brand new simulation scenarios with the ASL 5000™ Lung Solution to prepare for management of a ventilated patient diagnosed with COVID-19. The scenario topics include:
- Respiratory Stabilization on Ventilator
- Inspiratory Dysynchrony on Ventilator
- Proning Procedure of Patient on a Ventilator
The scenario simulations will be made available to all users of the ASL 5000 Lung Solution following the webinar.
As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts those around the world, we recognize this is a time filled with feelings of uncertainty. However, at this time, we are immensely grateful for those in the respiratory community. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you.
- Thank you to the engineers who develop respiratory devices and treatments.
- Thank you to the educators who train future clinicians on ventilation.
- Thank you to the researchers who find the best treatment modalities.
- Thank you to those providing care to people in need.
You are the reason we do what we do every day at IngMar Medical. During this difficult time, we stand by you. You have our commitment to continue providing the products and services you depend on.
For more than 25 years, IngMar Medical has focused on our mission to decrease suffering and improve patient outcomes. This enduring mission guides us as we begin to invest our time in assisting the respiratory community in this period of need.
Currently, we are developing a simulation scenario for managing a ventilated COVID-19 patient. We are working with Laerdal Medical and various physicians and respiratory therapists throughout the world so that we can gain a broad perspective on how these patients are best managed on ventilators. The scenario will be shared with all users when complete. Keep an eye out for updates on this in the coming days.
Please continue to reach out to IngMar Medical for your respiratory simulation needs. Be well.
Through a live-action scenario focused on patient- and family-centered care, we demonstrate the impact the ASL 5000™ Lung Solution can have on your pediatric respiratory training. This features a live-action scenario, with a concerned mom, an RT and a nurse, with one version illustrating an optimal path, and another where wrong choices were made.
This webinar recording is intended for educators considering the integration of high-fidelity pediatric respiratory simulation into their training programs as well as current ASL 5000 Lung Solution users interested in seeing the new SimBaby integration in action.
We are pleased to announce that the popular ASL 5000™ Lung Solution is now compatible with Laerdal’s new SimBaby™. This will enable you to use SimBaby to conduct advanced ventilator management training in anesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine, pulmonology, and respiratory care.
Developed in collaboration with Laerdal, the ASL 5000 Lung Solution enables SimBaby to breathe spontaneously while being ventilated and hold PEEP at any clinically relevant level. You can use any real ventilator and any mode of ventilation, including non-invasive ventilation (NIV). Resistance and compliance are minutely adjustable, allowing you to simulate a vast number of patient disease states. This will allow you to teach mechanical ventilation topics such as:
- Managing IRDS, RSV and BPD
- Adjusting the ventilator in response to a change in patient condition
- Identifying and resolving patient-ventilator dysynchronies
One ASL 5000 Lung Solution – Multiple Manikins
In addition to SimBaby, the ASL 5000 Lung Solution is compatible with SimMan® 3G, SimMan 3G Trauma, SimMan Essential, SimMan Essential Bleeding. The same ASL 5000 Lung Solution can be used on multiple manikins, adding extra value to your simulation program.
Use Laerdal’s LLEAP Software
Manage both the ASL 5000 and SimBaby directly from LLEAP, the Laerdal Learning Application. The ASL 5000 Lung Solution and the ASL 5000 Lung Adapter are available worldwide exclusively from your Laerdal representative.
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