Archive for August, 2010
COPD progress from mild to moderate to severe. Severe COPD can not be cured, but treatment can be used at any stage. It is important to always talk to your doctor to help manage your COPD.
How do you know if you have COPD?
Some common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Constant coughing
- Incapable of taking a deep breath
- Wheezing and tightness in the chest when breathing
Smoking is the primary risk factor for COPD. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of COPD deaths are caused by smoking.  It is not too late to quite smoking. To quite smoking may give you that extra edge on fighting against COPD.
Other factors can include exposure to indoor or outdoor pollutants such as toxic chemicals.
It may also be caused by a rare genetic condition call Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. Click here to view more information about alpha-1.
What is COPD?
COPD is chronic (a slowly progressive disorder). It may be include chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
Narrowed airways that limit airflow in and out of the lungs. This can be linked to a consistent cough known as “smoker’s cough”. The damaged airways get tight, swollen, or filled with mucus and limit the airflow which in turn makes it harder to breathe.
Damaged air sacs that trap air inside your lungs. These air sacs hold in old air preventing new air to get into your lungs, resulting in a hard time breathing.
Long-term oxygen therapy is the only treatment known to improve the survival in patients with severe respiratory failure due to COPD.
Patients with acute exacerbations of COPD have a risk for developing respiratory failure. Respiratory failure occurs when respiratory demand exceeds the ability of the respiratory system to respond. Without aggressive intervention at the point of respiratory failure, the patient can die. Aggressive therapy at this point, along with all the above therapies, may include mechanical ventilation.
Ventilators may be used for people with serious breathing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Aggio Medical Inc. can supply you with a ventilator to help you improve COPD. To read more about what a ventilator machine can do please visit our website: http://aggiomedical.com/respiratory-equipment, Then ask you doctor if a ventilator would be beneficial for you.
 American Lung Association. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) fact sheet. http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/copd/resources/facts-figures/COPD-Fact-Sheet.html. Accessed August 30, 2010
 COPD Acute Exacerbations: http://www.pulmonologychannel.com/copd/acuteexacerbation.shtml. Accessed August 30, 2010.
To begin, it is a source of light that originates from the probe at two wavelengths (650nm and 805nm). The light is partly absorbed by haemoglobin (iron-containing and oxygen transporting metalloprotein in red blood cells).
What do they measure?
Arterial blood oxygen saturation by sensing absorption properties of deoxygenated and oxygenated hemoglobin using various wavelengths of light.
A basic meter includes a sensing probe attached to a patient’s earlobe, toe, finger, or other body locations, and data acquisition system for the calculation and display of oxygen saturation level, heart rate, and blood flow. Pulse oximetry is one of the most commonly employed monitoring modalities in the critical care setting.
Pulse oximeters may be used in a variety of situations but are of particular value for monitoring oxygenation and pulse rates throughout anaesthesia. They are also widely used during the recovery phase.
The oxygen saturation should always be above 95%. In patients with long-standing respiratory disease or those with cyanotic congenital heart disease readings may be lower and reflect the severity of the underlying disease.
Causes of interference in your pulse oximetry ready include:
- Nails: dark-colored nail polish, false or thickened nails can hinder an accurate reading.
- Electrical: radio frequencies
- Movement: seizer or shivering
- Edema: if present in the area the test is being held
You may need to use a Pulse Oximetry for an overnight Sleep Screening to determine Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). For more information on OSA please visit: http://aggiomedical.com/obstructive-sleep-apnea
How can you help hard-to-heal wounds?
Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) may be an option for you. This type of therapy promotes healing in acute and chronic wounds. It involves the application of negative pressure (suction) to the wound bed.
NPWT consists of a non adherent, porous wound dressing. A drainage tube is placed adjacent to or inserted into the dressing; an occlusive transparent film is used to seal the wound and the drainage tube; and a connection to a vacuum pump supplies the negative pressure.
Wound therapy is applied to an open wound for periods of 48 hours. There are two types of polyurethane foam (white and black) that is cut to shape and inserted to contact the entire wound. Black foam is more commonly for larger or deeper wounds cut to the appropriate shape of the wound and is then inserted to contact the entire wound. White foam is better used to help protect skin grafts. The foam allows for distribution of the negative pressure. Suction tubing is placed onto or in the foam, and then the entire wound/foam complex is covered with a clear plastic dressing to seal the wound. The tubing is connected to a suction pump. The drainage from the wound filter into a canister attached to the suction pump.
- Can promote wound healing through multiple actions, includes the removal of exudates
- Removal of slough, a potential decrease in wound bacterial burden
- A reduction in edema and third-space fluids
- An increase in the blood flow to the wound
- Promotion of white cells and fibroblasts within the wound
- Negative pressure brings tissue together, promoting caption, which allows the tissues to stick together through natural tissue adherence and increases healing
Aggio Medical can provide you with this advanced therapy as well as many other constructive equipment.
View our website today to see all that we can offer you: www.aggiomedical.com
 Fluid with a high content of protein and cellular debris which has escapes from blood vessels and deposits in tissues or on tissue surfaces
 A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue(a condition of abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells)
 A condition of abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells
 A type of cell found in connective tissue; produces collagen
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