Respiratory Care

CSA 101

When it comes to any medical condition, knowledge is the essential element of empowerment. Our patients have lives beyond their medical concerns. Great advice, emotional support and superior products and service are what they need to live life fully. Causes for Central Sleep Apnea include: Cheyne-Stokes Breathing Most commonly associated with heart failure and strokes…. Read More

Health & Good Sleep

At Frontier Home Medical, we place considerable value on sleep therapy because of the profound effects we know that it can have on patients’ health. When left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, atrial fibrillation (AFib), diabetes, depression, memory loss and motor vehicle accidents due to falling asleep at… Read More

“Hey Doc, Why do I get so many Infections in my Lungs?” Solutions When a Patient Struggles to Breathe

For healthcare providers, it must be frustrating when you feel like you are running out of solutions for a patient who is having issues breathing. Airway clearance is the cornerstone of therapy aimed at minimizing the effects of airway obstruction, infection and inflammation. THE IMPACT OF HFCWO AffloVest® is a portable High Frequency Chest Wall… Read More

HST vs. PSG

Home sleep testing, or an HST, is a less expensive and more convenient method for the patient who is approved by most insurance companies. The testing equipment simply consists of a chest belt, finger probe and nasal cannula, making it more comfortable and less obtrusive—plus, the patient can complete the test in the comfort of… Read More

NIV & COPD

Home Non-Invasive Ventilation Use Following Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Publication: Respiratory Medicine Study Authors: Matos, P; Kampelmacher, MJ; Esquinas, AM Publisher: Science Direct In 2011, 166 COPD patients were studied to evaluate the effectiveness of Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV). Half of the patients utilized the at-home therapy; the other… Read More

NIV & ALS

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and Hypercapnia-Associated Symptoms in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Publication: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica Study Authors: Dorst, J; Behrendt, G; Ludolph, AC. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Country of Publication: Denmark “Objectives: During the course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), progressive weakness of respiratory muscles leads to chronic hypercapnia which causes various symptoms like sleep disturbances, daytime… Read More

Bronchiectasis in Primary Care

“Non-cystic fibrosis (CF) (bronchiectasis) is a common chronic lung condition, which occurs due to damage to the airways leading to persistent cough, sputum production and recurrent chest infections (Hill et al, 2018). This article focuses on the adult patient and describes the pathophysiology, aetiology, investigation, and management of bronchiectasis in the primary care setting. The… Read More

Bronchiectasis: Signs & Symptoms

In order to raise awareness of bronchiectasis—and to support patients through diagnosis and care—we must first understand this disease state. What is Bronchiectasis? by Bryan Pearson, RRTFrontier Home Medical Clinical Representative The American Lung Association defines bronchiectasis as “A chronic condition where the walls of the bronchi are thickened from inflammation and infection. People with… Read More

Depression Treatment and OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be One Reason Depression Treatment Doesn’t Work Publication: Mental Health Weekly Digest Study Author: Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Publisher: NewsRX LLC According to recent findings, there may be a link between unsuccessful treatment… Read More

Depression and OSA

The Correlation of Anxiety and Depression With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Authors: Fariborz Rezaeitalab , Fatemeh Moharrari , Soheila Saberi, Hadi Asadpour, Fariba Rezaeetalab Publisher: J Res Med Sci. 2014 Mar;19(3):205-10. Background: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated upper airway obstruction during sleep. While respiratory pauses followed by loud… Read More