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May/June 2014Respiratory management is a vital lifeline for critically ill patients and people with chronic health conditions who cannot breathe on their own. The mechanical ventilators that push and pull air in and out of these individuals serve a basic and necessary purpose, as do the clinicians, caregivers, and healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals who must safely and appropriately use and support these life-critical medical devices.

Though the purpose of ventilator technology is basic, handling ventilators and ventilator-dependent patients is anything but. It’s a complex business that involves managing ventilator clinical care practice standards, device design standards, systems, models, alarms, power, batteries, disposables, use environments, data, and, most importantly, patients. 

Our cover story “Clearing the Air: Innovations and Complications with Ventilator Technology” discusses the changes and challenges associated with the technology.

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