StarMed clinical evidence

Published studies on the StarMed range of CPAP and NIV respiratory hoods. For more information on the full StarMed range, including information sheets, videos and enquiries, please visit https://www.intersurgical.com/info/starmed

The ‘‘helmet bundle” in COVID-19 patients undergoing non-invasive ventilation

Lucchini A, Giani M, Isgrò S, Rona R, Foti G. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2020;58:102859

The COVID-19 outbreak represents a new challenge for intensive care teams, and of particular importance is the limitation of virus aerosolisation during intubation, bronchoscopy and non-invasive ventilation. As a result, the use of helmet ventilation has been suggested for CPAP and pressure support ventilation to reduce the spread of the virus. This letter suggests a helmet CPAP bundle to improve the patient’s comfort during extended applications by reducing the noise with an HME filter, using counterweights attached to armpit straps to avoid discomfort , as well as implementing active humidification.

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Helmet CPAP vs. oxygen therapy in severe hypoxemic respiratory failure due to pneumonia

Brambilla AM, Aliberti S, Prina E, Nicoli F, Forno MD, Nava S, Ferrari G, Corradi F, Pelosi P, Bignamini A, Tarsia P, Cosentini R. Intensive Care Med. 2014 Jul;40(7):942-9

Multi-centre, randomised controlled trial across four Italian centres. Patients split into helmet CPAP and Venturi mask groups. Primary end point was percentage of patients meeting criteria for ETI. Authors conclude helmet CPAP reduces the risk of meeting ETI criteria in this scenario.

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Helmet continuous positive airway pressure vs oxygen therapy to improve oxygenation in community-acquired pneumonia: a randomized, controlled trial

Cosentini R, Brambilla AM, Aliberti S, Bignamini A, Nava S, Maffei A, Martinotti R, Tarsia P, Monzani V, Pelosi P.
Chest. 2010 Jul;138(1):114-20

Multi-centre, randomised controlled trial. 47 patients admitted to ED with moderate hypoxemic acute respiratory failure (ARF) due to community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) were split into helmet CPAP or standard oxygen therapy groups. Primary end point was time to reach PaO2/FiO2 ratio > 315. The proportion of patients who reached the primary end point was also recorded. Authors conclude that CPAP delivered by helmet rapidly improves oxygenation in this scenario.

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