CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is a popular therapy for CHF and other common respiratory emergencies. It helps patients inspire while delivering PEEP, or Positive End Expiratory Pressure. This combined with supplemental oxygen help patients breathe easier and often prevents progressive worsening of the respiratory emergency.
Today we have three basic types of CPAP delivery systems:
- Combination ventilator with CPAP
- CPAP standalone device
- Disposable CPAP systems
Disposable CPAP devices have become popular for several important reasons. They are compact and lightweight. In rural areas, where CPAP treatments may be infrequent, they are affordable because they eliminate the need for any capital equipment. They also make a great choice for first responders. Finally, they allow for faster ER turnaround time. You can simply transfer the patient with a disposable CPAP to a wall oxygen flowmeter and clear the ER quickly.
We have recently seen the introduction of quite a few new disposable CPAP systems, giving EMS providers many disposable CPAP devices to choose from. Continue