Championing Helmets in Critical Care: Lessons from Italy and Beyond

Aurika Savickaite is a nurse by heart who grew up in Lithuania and has been working in the nursing field for over 20 years. She came to the United States and started working at University of Chicago Medical ICU as a nurse. After a few years, she decided to further her education and obtained her nurse practitioner degree in Acute care and geriatrics from Rush University. During her studies, she became fascinated with the helmet interface used for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation, which she researched and used for her capstone paper. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2019 and 2020, she brought awareness to the public in the United States about the use of helmets for COVID patients via her website helmetbasedventilation.com, where she gathered evidence-based practices and protocols from Italy, where helmets have been used for over 20 years.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The benefits of using helmets for patients who find face masks traumatic or uncomfortable
  • How helmets can help balance pressure and reduce vertigo feelings in patients
  • The advantages of helmets for infection control and prevention of pathogen spread
  • The potential of helmets for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation and oxygen therapy
  • Ways to reduce agitation and confusion in patients during respiratory treatment
  • How helmets can reduce the workload of medical staff and improve patient outcomes
  • The history and evolution of non-invasive ventilation technology, including helmets
  • The importance of patient selection, clinician experience, and interface design in non-invasive ventilation success
  • How Aurika has worked to promote the use of helmets in the US and educate clinicians on proper usage
  • The difference between helmets and other non-invasive ventilation interfaces and why helmets may be a superior choice for certain patients.

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