Polly put the Pulse Oximeter on
  • mikebrampton
  • May 25, 2020
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The year was 1993. I had owned a real company for about a week, and suddenly the phone started ringing. Shocked, I answered – “Thames Medical, how can I help you?” “I understand you can help me monitor a patient… who isn’t human,” said the voice on the other end. An Unusual Phone Call “This…

The Lioness, The Dentist and the BBC
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  • May 18, 2020
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“What do you think, Mike? Deep or light?” whispered John the Anaesthetist, after he clambered around the patient and over the wires, cables and general paraphernalia that filled the small cage we were working in. “I was going to ask you exactly the same thing.” I replied. An Unusual Patient We had both just checked…

The Lion, The Dentist and The Pulse Oximeter
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  • May 11, 2020
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“Would your device work on one of my patients?”, the gentleman sitting next to me asked. The Dentist The year was 1987. The place, a British Dental Association meeting somewhere in London. I had just addressed the British Dental Association advisory panel on Safety in Anaesthesia and Sedation (headed by Professor David Poswillo) and had…

What happens if I don’t replace my Capnograph Disposables?
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  • May 9, 2020
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Airway adapters, breathing circuits, sample lines and filters are all capnograph ‘disposables’ – designed to be replaced after every patient. This is not just so the manufacturers can keep customers paying out – there are sound clinical and physical reasons why this is recommended. Sidestream Capnographs Sidestream capnographs work by drawing a gas sample away…

Testing the CAT+ Doppler’s Resilience
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  • April 22, 2020
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They say cats have nine lives, but this is ridiculous… Recently, we’ve been testing the resilience of our CAT+ Dopplers, after learning that other competitor’s probes were easily broken. We know that the kit you purchase is expensive, and we want to make sure your product can perform under pressure. So we took it upon…

The Capnography Resource Centre Launch
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  • March 30, 2020
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There’s never been a worse time to train your staff. As a company that offers CPD sessions, trust me – we’ve felt the sting. We know this also means that several of our customers who we had booked for sessions over the next six months will not be able to get the on-hand training that…

Dangers of using a Sidestream Capnograph on patients under 5kg
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  • March 4, 2020
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Most sidestream capnographs are made for human use. While these kinds of capnograph can still be used on bigger animals such as dogs, most are not tested on patients smaller than 10kg. Capnography with smaller animals can therefore cause a few unusual (and potentially lethal) results – here’s our guide on what to watch out…

5 Common Capnography Mistakes – And How You Can Avoid Them
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  • February 23, 2020
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Capnography is a vital part of every veterinary practice’s procedures – yet it is one that can be misinterpreted very easily. At Thames Medical, we provide in-depth training sessions for capnography – and we’ve noticed a few mistakes that come up time and time again. Here’s a quick guide to the most common mistakes –…