The effect of positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy on symptoms, quality of life and incidence of re-exacerbation in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial — Osadnik et al. — Thorax

We found no evidence that PEP therapy during AECOPD improves important short-term or long-term outcomes. There does not appear to be a routine role for PEP therapy in the management of such individuals.

via The effect of positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy on symptoms, quality of life and incidence of re-exacerbation in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial — Osadnik et al. — Thorax.

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Experiences with Spinal Cord Stimulator in Patients with Chronic Neuropathic Back Pain

Two thematic findings emerged: (1) pain relief with spinal cord stimulation as a complex and individual experience and (2) challenges in adaptations in everyday life with spinal cord stimulation. Findings indicate that spinal cord stimulation can offer pain relief that can help patients achieve a meaningful life despite chronic pain.

via Experiences with Spinal Cord Stimulator in Patients with Chronic Neuropathic Back Pain.

CHEST Journal | Article

Conclusions:  Patients with COPD have a higher incidence of ICD shocks than those without COPD and appear to benefit from ICD therapy.

via CHEST Journal | Article.

Medtronic device implanted in first Arizona patient – Phoenix Business Journal

Sterns, founder and medical director of the Center for Pain and Supportive Care, is the first doctor in Arizona to implant the device used to help people suffering from chronic pain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved that use six months ago.

via Medtronic device implanted in first Arizona patient – Phoenix Business Journal.

Rescue Therapy With Noninvasive Ventilation in Do-Not-Intuba… : Critical Care Medicine

Rescue Therapy With Noninvasive Ventilation in Do-Not-Intubate Patients in Acute Respiratory Failure: What Is the Best Device Among Face Masks?

via Rescue Therapy With Noninvasive Ventilation in Do-Not-Intuba… : Critical Care Medicine.

Stratified Meta-Analysis of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression of the Lower Limbs to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients

IPC was effective in reducing venous thromboembolism, and combining pharmacological thromboprophylaxis with IPC was more effective than using IPC alone.

via Stratified Meta-Analysis of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression of the Lower Limbs to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients.

5 ways Google Glass can be used in a hospital

5 ways Google Glass can be used in a hospital.

‘Death test’ claims hyped – Health News – NHS Choices

The Sunday Times has sparked a UK media frenzy by featuring a front page report claiming that scientists are creating a device that can “tell people how long they have left to live”.

The Daily Mail has suggested that the “wristwatch-style device” could even influence how insurance and pension companies calculate premiums and pay outs.

via ‘Death test’ claims hyped – Health News – NHS Choices.

Pulmonary rehabilitation after total laryngectomy: a randomized cross-over clinical trial comparing two different heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs) – Springer

Results showed that for most parameters studied, the second generation HME performed equally well or better than the first generation HME. The improvement in tracheal climate translated into patients reporting significantly less tracheal dryness with the second generation than with the first generation (p = 0.039). Using an HME with better humidification properties is related to a reduction in tracheal dryness in our study population.

via Pulmonary rehabilitation after total laryngectomy: a randomized cross-over clinical trial comparing two different heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs) – Springer.

Physicians ensnared by litigation over pain pump complications – amednews.com

The U.S. District Court of Oregon, Eugene Division in late May ruled that I-Flow LLC, which is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit over the use of its pain pump, may file a third-party claim against an orthopedic surgeon for negligence and comparative fault. The court said the physician’s potential liability for performing surgery negligently extends to anyone foreseeably injured by that negligence, which in this case includes I-Flow.

via Physicians ensnared by litigation over pain pump complications – amednews.com.