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Vanderbilt study finds that the most common oxygen saturation targets for hospitalized patients appear equally safe and effective

Oct. 24, 2022—A Vanderbilt study looked at the oxygen saturation target that results in optimal outcomes — number of days alive and free of mechanical ventilation — in 2,500 critically ill adults receiving mechanical ventilation.

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Skin pigment affects oxygen monitor

Oct. 11, 2022—Black patients in the ICU were more likely to have low or high blood oxygen levels than white patients, even when a pulse oximeter indicated 92-96% oxygen saturation, Vanderbilt researchers found.

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Study explores positioning options to improve COVID mortality

Jun. 2, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers found that prone positioning of patients with COVID-19-related hypoxemia not on mechanical ventilation offered no observed clinical benefit among these patients.

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Complex Airway Center team helps patient breathe easier

Mar. 24, 2022—Vanderbilt Otolaryngology’s Complex Airway Center team helped patient Shirley Beal recover from a serious complication that arose after she was treated for COVID-19.

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Study finds recommended ICU sedatives equally safe, effective

Feb. 2, 2021—Sedative medications used in intensive care are associated with increased delirium, which is in turn connected with higher medical costs and greater risk of death and ICU-related dementia.

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VU engineers, VUMC doctors team for open-source ventilator design

Apr. 1, 2020—As COVID-19 continues to push unprecedented challenges on medical communities, one of the most pressing threats for hospital staff across the country is a dwindling supply of ventilators.

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VUMC study finds helping patients breathe during intubation prevents life-threatening complications

Feb. 18, 2019—Thousands of Americans die each year during a dangerous two-minute procedure to insert a breathing tube. Now a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is showing that using bag-mask ventilation, squeezing air from a bag into the mouth for 60 seconds to help patients’ breathing, improves outcomes and could potentially save lives.

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A bundle, a dashboard and lasting pneumonia reduction

Oct. 20, 2015—A “bundle” of electronically implemented care guidelines reduced intensive care unit patient complications related to mechanical ventilation.

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