eNews June 28, 2022

The latest news affecting you and your customers… from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association

Pulmonary rehab after COPD saves money and life

Pulmonary rehabilitation after COPD hospitalization appears to result in net cost savings and an improvement in quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE), according to research published in JAMA Network. In the base case simulation, pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) resulted in net cost savings per patient of $5,721 and an improved QALE (gain of 0.53 years). Most of savings were owing to reductions in the number of hospital and SNF days. PR involves supervised instruction in exercise training, education, and behavioral change. Despite consistent evidence of its benefits, uptake of PR remains low. Lack of access to transport and copayments have been cited as major hurdles.

 

Chronic air pollution kills

A new study shows that chronic air pollution cuts average global life expectancy by more than two years per person, an impact comparable to that of smoking and far worse than HIV/AIDS or terrorism, reports Reuters. More than 97% of the global population lives in areas where air pollution exceeds recommended levels, the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) said in its latest Air Quality Life Index. It said that if global levels of PM2.5 – hazardous floating particles that damage the lungs — were reduced to the 5 micrograms per cubic meter recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), average life expectancy would rise by an average of 2.2 years.

 

$1,700 emergency use ventilator

An experimental device that meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration performance requirements for emergency use ventilators can be constructed for about $1,700, according to an article in PLoS One. Funded by Princeton University, the open-source device is not FDA-authorized and is currently recommended for research use only, according to the authors of a report in JAMA Network. “Most components are available from general hardware suppliers, and the chosen parts…did not experience supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19,” they wrote. The device includes active and computer-controlled inhalation combined with passive exhalation, supports pressure-controlled ventilation and autonomous breath detection, and incorporates FDA-required alarms.

 

Book it!

Don’t delay booking your room at the Eaglewood Resort for the IMDA/HIRA Annual Conference, July 25-27, in Itasca, Illinois. To ensure you have a room at the contracted rate, you must book it by July 1. After that date, the Resort will open all rooms to the general public at standard price. Not sure if you’re attending? You can cancel your room reservation up to 48 hours before the first night of the conference (July 25). But you won’t want to after you see the agenda for the conference. Take advantage of learning, talking and viewing new technologies at “Winning in Healthcare Today: Finding Opportunities Through Collaboration,” the 2022 IMDA/HIRA Annual Conference.