Let’s read an article a month – July, 2020

Screenshot of the first page of the printed article

Every month I try to read an open-access article. After reading the article, I share the tittle and associated link with my followers. This is to encourage clinicians to read articles, stay up to date, and continue to grow.

This month I found a great case-study in Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy (CJRT) .

Helmet CPAP revisited in COVID-19 pneumonia: A case series

by Aniket S. Rali, Christopher Howard, Rachel Miller, Christopher K. Morgan, Dennis Mejia, John Sabo, James P. Herlihy, Sunjay R. Devarajan
Published online on July 21, 2020.

Reasons you may find this article interesting:

  • It’s a nice and quick read.
  • We all have seen photos of Helmet CPAPs being used in Italy. If you haven’t had the chance to look into them, this article will provide you will some useful information!
  • It is published in a Canadian Journal so why not! Side note, the authors’ affiliations is in Houston, TX, USA.
  • The authors talk about three cases with various backgrounds and outcomes (pp. 1-2).
  • The authors discuss the benefits and shortcoming of Helmet CPAPs (e.g. “prevention of functional and neuromuscular complications”, minimization of aerosolization, requirement for high flow rates, difficulty with resting the head, and other details pp. 2-3).

This article shares the experience on only 3 cases, so set your expectations accordingly when picking up this article.

Happy learning and reading!

Farzad Refahi
July 24 2020