IMDA eNews 071123

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from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association

Noninvasive ventilation modes best for riskiest NICU newborns

Use of unsynchronized noninvasive intermittent positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) or noninvasive high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (NHFOV) was associated with 15% to 28% fewer reintubations of high-risk NICU newborns compared with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) across subgroups of interest, according to a study published in JAMA Network, reports MedPage Today. The number needed to treat to prevent one reintubation ranged from three to seven infants. Additionally, both NIPPV and NHFOV treatments were also associated with significantly fewer early intubations in particular.

First RT receives clinical simulation certification

Clinical simulation has become a big part of health care education and respiratory care is no exception, reports AARC. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare has created a certification program for professionals involved in the healthcare simulation community. Educators who earn the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator® (CHSE) credential have demonstrated their ability to run successful simulations for educational institutions and healthcare providers. Jasmine Brown, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, COPD-Ed, CHSE, CHSE-A, an associate professor and director of clinical education at Middle Georgia State University (MGA) in Macon, earned her CHSE-A in May, and may be the first RT in the nation with the certification.

Abnormal lung conditions identified quickly

Burlington, Massachusetts-based Butterfly Network announced the commercial launch of its AI tool designed to help providers assess abnormal lung conditions more easily, reports MedCity News. The tool, called the Auto B-line Counter, is said to provide medical practitioners with an accurate B-line count from just a six-second lung ultrasound clip. The term B-line refers to a specific sonographic artifact that is observed during lung imaging. B-lines are vertical, bright lines that indicate pulmonary congestion or volume overload. They help doctors identify and assess patient’s lung issues without using radiation.

M&A activity still sluggish

M&A activity in the medical industry has been sluggish this year, and the Federal Trade Commission could be to blame, according to a recent analyst report by Needham & Co., reports Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry. The company noted that both the number of medical technology M&A deals and dollar volume of deals is likely to decrease again in 2023. According to the report, there have been 173 merger and acquisition deals so far this year totaling $13.6 billion. If this pace continues, the analyst estimates there would be 353 M&A deals totaling $27.7 billion in 2023. This would compare to 422 deals totaling $67.2 billion in 2022

It's Orlando in March for 2023-2024 conference

Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, will be the site of the 2024 IMDA/HIRA Conference. Golfers will tee off Monday morning, March 4, and the conference will begin that afternoon. We’ll finish at noon on Wednesday, March 6