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A ‘simple’ modification of domiciliary (i.e. designed for use at home) non-invasive ventilators could significantly reduce oxygen consumption by hospitals treating Covid-19-related respiratory failure, a study by specialists at Royal Brompton Hospital has found. The findings, published in leading respiratory medicine journal Thorax, showed that the modified ventilators were able to successfully capture the oxygen during the expiration phase, that would have otherwise been released back into the atmosphere, resulting in a large amount of wasted oxygen. Read more
New measures have been put in place at our hospitals for patients who are coming in for an appointment, test or procedure. This video explains these, and other measures, in more detail. You will hear from Lucy Everett, matron and lead nurse in infection control, Paul Lidgate, senior nurse and matron, and Itayi Chinehasha, senior staff nurse, who talk you through what to expect during your visit. Watch video
New findings from a multi-national clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and authored by Royal Brompton Hospital consultant cardiologist, Dr Jonathan Hill, shows that patients with an advanced form of coronary artery disease (CAD) can benefit from a treatment using sonic pressure waves to break up hardened blockages in the heart. Dr Hill was the trial’s co-principal investigator and has trained cardiologists on the innovative procedure across the world. Read more
Maureen Clements was admitted to Harefield Hospital at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. A senior nurse at Northwick Park Hospital, Maureen contracted Covid-19 and was admitted to the hospital with respiratory failure. She later spent a month on Harefield Hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) and a further month on its wards, and has since spoken about her experience recovering from the virus and the care she received. Read more