Why helmet…..

Actually, this should be the first entry: why is the helmet as a project to help solve problems with the COVID-19 pandemic?

The use of insulating helmets of this type is not new. For more than 30 years, helmets have been used in hyperbaric medicine (HBOT) to be supplied to individual patients in hyperbaric ventricles of respiratory agent with increased oxygen content. You do not need to “pump” the entire chamber with plenty of oxygen. In addition, you can select parameters for each person individually. Helmet – replaces the oral-nasal mask. It is more convenient for the user, who sometimes has to stay in the chamber for many hours.

Similarly – in medicine. For many years, helmets have been used as a substitute for oral-nasal masks during non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in procedures with continuously increased respiratory pressure (CPAP, etc.).

In addition to improving patient comfort, the goal of non-invasive ventilation is to prevent intubation, which results in increased consumption of medicines and other materials, nursing care and general medical costs.

In general, patients who use helmet ventilation can breathe better, recover faster and avoid intubation. It helps to protect the patient’s airways and reduces or eliminates the need for sedation. Reduces the risk of nosocomial infections. It is more convenient and safer for selected patients.

Research on the effectiveness of helmet use has already been conducted in 2012-2015 at the University of Chicago and as a result, in 2016, the work “The Effect of Non-Invasive Helmet Vs Face Mask Ventilation on The Need for Intubation of The American Medical Association) was published.

The use of helmets during the current COVID pandemic in Italy and the USA produced a very positive result: it reduced the amount of necessary intubations by about 20%, and in general for patients with ARDS syndromes – 54%. This means that by using helmets, we can have 20% more ventilators in practice than we actually have.

Video on the use of helmets for patients with COVID-19 –

John P. Kress, MD – Director of the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Chicago Clinic

(https://www.helmetbasedventilation.com/ graphic material)