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VentWord: The VentWorld Newsletter
www.VentWorld.com
"Everything You Need to Know about Ventilators and Mechanical Ventilation" ********************************************

May 4, 2000 - Vol. 1, No. 3

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This Edition's Contents:

- Greetings
- VentWorld Wants YOU...!
- Top News
- Product News
- Brief Reports
- Did You Know?
- In the Works at VentWorld
- Upcoming Events


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GREETINGS
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Welcome to this edition of VentWord, the newsletter for Registered viewers of www.VentWorld.com. Please stop by our booth and say hello if you attend ATS 2000, the 96th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, May 5-10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We look forward to meeting you in person, showing you our software products, and getting your feedback.

VentWord is published periodically to provide timely news and information of interest to all members of the mechanical ventilator community, including clinicians, patients, educators, researchers, manufacturers, distributors, after-market suppliers and others concerned with the development and use of mechanical ventilators.

VentWorld.com is the premier manufacturer-neutral website for everything you need to know about ventilators and mechanical ventilation. It presents information and graphical displays for the objective comparison of the major international makes and models of ventilators and accessories. It also provides community news and a forum for discussions of ventilator topics, and it lists extensive educational, clinical and research resources related to mechanical ventilation.

We hope you will enjoy this Newsletter and find it informative and useful. If so, please distribute it to any of your colleagues who may find it of interest. We solicit your suggestions and recommendations (feedback@VentWorld.com)!

David Borofsky, MD
Editor-In-Chief
news@ventworld.com

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VENTWORLD WANTS YOU...!
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Throughout our VentWorld website, you'll find many places where a simple mouse-click will allow you to e-mail us your suggestions, questions, or other feedback. Such feedback is one of the best ways for us to improve the services we offer. So, by helping us, you help the whole respiratory community. Please e-mail (feedback@ventworld.com) or contact us by phone: 888-511-2452 or 215-627-8146.

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TOP NEWS
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NEWPORT MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS INTRODUCES WEB-BASED GUIDE TO THE BREEZE E150 [4/11/00] The Interactive Guide, which dynamically simulates the Breeze E150, was developed for Newport by Amethyst Research, LLC, creators of VentWorld...
http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=121 Click here for more...

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PULMONETIC SYSTEMS TO PERFORM IMPORTANT "FIELD CORRECTION" ON LTV VENTILATORS [4/17/00]
The popular LTV Series ventilators have been found to require an important software correction to enhance the CPAP-mode alarm settings and sensitivity... http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=126 Click here for more...

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RESPIRONICS AWARDED TWO-YEAR AMERICAN HOMEPATIENT CONTRACT [4/27] Respironics, Inc., will provide many products, including ventilators, to American Homepatient, which has more than 300 centers in 38 states...
http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=137 Click here for more...

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PRODUCT NEWS
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LILLY AND ONO TO COLLABORATE ON NOVEL CRITICAL CARE COMPOUND
[4/17/00] Eli Lilly and Co. will collaborate with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., to develop, manufacture and market sivelestat, a neutrophil elastase inhibitor, for treatment of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome... http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=134 Click here for more...

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SECHRIST INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES MILLENIUM(tm) VENTILATOR RECIEVES FDA CLEARANCE
[3/29/00] The Millennium(tm) is an infant/pediatric, electro-pneumatic, time-cycled, pressure-limited ventilator with Assist/Control, SIMV/IMV, CPAP, CPAP with back-up, Standby mode, and SmartSync(tm), a patent pending "trigger" sensor... http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=111 Click here for more...

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BRIEF REPORTS
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APRIL 2000 JOURNAL HIGHLIGHTS:

CHEST - VOL. 117, NO. 4
[4/00] This issue has 2 reports on methods that can help avoid reintubation in patients with respiratory failure. Also, see "Communications to the Editor" for topics relevant to ventilator use... http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=127 Click here for more ...

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APRIL 2000 AM. J. RESPIR. CRIT. CARE MED. HIGHLIGHTS
[4/00] The current issue (Vol. 161, No. 4) has reports on: Physiologic Determinants of Ventilator Dependence in Long-term Mechanically Ventilated Patients; Clinical Evaluation of a Computer-controlled Pressure Support Mode; and Noninvasive Ventilation with Helium-Oxygen in Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease... http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=123 Click here for more ...

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"ON THE GRAPEVINE": VENTWORLD TRACKS INTERNET DISCUSSION GROUPS
[4/00] This edition features Heather Hill Ventilator Weaning Discussion Forum and RC_World, both of which have open archives for reviewing the topics..
http://www.ventworld.com/News/News.asp?Page=131 Click here for more...

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DID YOU KNOW?
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VentWorld.com now brings you side-by-side comparison of the features, modes and controls of up to 5 ventilators at once! In our Equipment Expo area, you can search for ventilators that match key criteria you select, and your search results form a summary list. Then, select 2 to 5 models you wish to compare in detail, by clicking the check box next to each product name. Scroll to the bottom of the list and click "Add/View Product Lineup," and you'll see your selections, each with its own column. You can control the amount of detail by clicking on the category arrows, which allow you to view or hide the various characteristics and specifications of the ventilators you are comparing. It's also easy to change your Product Lineup by adding or removing models from your original search result list. http://www.ventworld.com/VentilatorExpo.asp Click here!

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IN THE WORKS AT VENTWORLD
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We aim to provide you with not just detailed ventilator descriptions and comparisons, and innovative interactive product demos, but also software for handy calculations and decision-making, which we call "Tools of the Trade." We continue to develop and add these, and we'd be happy to hear your ideas for new ones. So far, the tools in our VentWorld.com "Resources" section include easy-to-use graphic interfaces for temperature conversion (Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin) and pressure conversion (mmHg, cmH20, psi and kPa); calculation of 10 common hemodynamic equations; display of characteristic pressure- and flow-controlled ventilator waveforms; and review information on breath sounds, including key recorded examples. Please try our "Tools of the Trade," and tell us what else you'd like to see!
http://www.ventworld.com/resources/tradetool.asp Click here!

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Here are some events that may be of interest to you. Go to the Calendar Section of VentWorld.com for a more complete list:
http://www.ventworld.com/News/calendar.asp#may2000 Click here!

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May 3-5, 2000: Las Vegas, NV, USA MedTrade West - Home and Post-Acute Healthcare Equipment (CHECK ON WWW.VENTWORLD.COM THE WEEK OF MONDAY, MAY 8, FOR OUR REPORT FROM THE EXHIBIT HALL AT MEDTRADE WEST!)

May 5, 2000:Abstract Submission Deadline - CHEST 2000 (Oct 22-26, 2000, San Francisco, CA)

May 5-10, 2000: Toronto, Ontario, Canada ATS 2000 International Conference (American Thoracic Society) (VISIT VENTWORLD IN THE ATS 2000 EXHIBIT HALL!)

May 6, 2000: Toronto, Ontario, Canada ALA / CLA 2000: Building Beyond Boundaries Conference (American Lung Association / Canadian Lung Association)

May 20-25, 2000: Orlando, FL, USA National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition (NTI2K) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) (Pre-Registration prior to May 16 is advised)

May 29-31, 2000: Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Sky's the Limit...into the next Millennium CHICA-Canada 2000 National Education Conference

May 31-June 4, 2000: Anaheim, CA, USA Pulmonary Board Review Course 2000 (Register Early, Space is Limited)

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