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Since 2008, this Blog has been a communications priority providing shorts, op-eds, and bramblings that communicate our evolution to ‘a new life in the sea’.

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Simple technique for Helmet/Hooded NIV

After several months of exhaustive benchtop study, we have developed a helmet/hooded positive airway pressure (HPAP) kit and technique to administer non-invasive ventilation. This is the most simplified means to administer helmet NIV, and may prove hugely beneficial in areas now experiencing hospital overburdens. Visit for additional information.  

Changes brought on by COVID-19 easing foreigntrade efforts for R.I. businesses

For some companies, business with other countries has never been better. North Kingstown based Subsalve USA Corp., which manufacturers products such as lift bags, flotation bags and bomb-recovery systems, had planned to attend several in-person trade shows this year, but all were postponed. That hasn’t hurt sales in foreign markets, though.Typically, 50% of Subsalve’s $6 million in annual revenue comes from more than 30 countries worldwide, executives say. Now that percentage stands to climb much higher. The company teamed with Lombardi Undersea LLC to create oxygen-treatment hoods that treat COVID-19-related respiratory ailments without the insertion of breathing tubes, a product expected to boost sales. And Subsalve President Richard Fryburg said as China is perceived to be a growing threat by many U.S. allies in East Asia, military customers in Japan,South Korea and Taiwan are shifting what Subsalve products are in growing demand, including an underwater ordinance disposal system used to...
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Ancient Alien Ancestors | a Review

It’s  been  some  time  since I’ve indulged in night  time  reading,  so  I just  recently  picked  up  the  second book in  the  series by Will Hart, Ancient  Alien  Ancestors. This is the follow up to his the Genesis Race which I reviewed back in 2011, and the prequel to a new title to be released soon. The book takes on the rather provocative topic of our [human] presence here on Earth being the deliberate handiwork of an extraterrestrial race, and continues to evolve with extraterrestrial intervention, manipulation, and monitoring over time. The topic is presented soundly and through rational assessment of many unanswered questions about humanity –  deep rooted open questions within things like the Egyptian pyramids, recent UFO sightings, evolution, DNA, and blood types are examined. Hart’s eloquent writing style presents these topics in a fresh way, and while the subject matter is inherently provocative, the book is not...
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New Paper: Helmet CPAP: how an unfamiliar respiratory tool is moving into treatment options during COVID-19 in the US

“By early May 2020, the H-CPAP program was approved by our institutional leadership and in our collective experience of three early helmet-adopting institutions, we have treated a total of 60 patients with helmet CPAP. Approximately 30–50% of these patients were successfully managed with helmet respiratory support, not requiring escalation to intubation and mechanical ventilation. This may be an indication of the potential of H-CPAP to either obviate or delay (flatten the ventilator demand curve) the need for more invasive ventilation.” read full paper Armirfarzan H, Shanahan JL, Schuman R, Leissner KB. Helmet CPAP: how an unfamiliar respiratory tool is moving into treatment options during COVID-19 in the US. Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease. January 2020. doi:10.1177/1753466620951032 visit for the latest resources on helmet/hooded CPAP (HPAP), and to purchase the Subsalve Oxygen Treatment Hood.  

Ventilating without ventilators | keeping is simple with Oxygen Treatment Hoods

I’ll preface this with the fact that I am not a physician, nor am I in any way qualified to prescribe any type of respiratory support, other than emergently administer oxygen following a diving accident… The latter part of that statement should resonate a bit – yes, the administration of therapeutic oxygen is a first line defense in any suspected pressure related diving injury. In fact, any layperson can be trained in how to operate a medical oxygen supply and administer it alone or while supplementing CPR. Oxygen is good for you – it’s good for all of us, in fact it is essential for life as we know it. Like any drug, oxygen has to be managed responsibly, as there are dosage (time/exposure) limits for oxygen use. These human limits are well understood here at the surface, under varying amounts of pressure, and even in the absence of pressure...
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Biospace: A Helmet-Based Ventilator Alternative for COVID-19 Patients

On August 6, 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Subsalve Oxygen Treatment Hood. It is the only helmet-based ventilator to be FDA approved and the first to be approved for COVID-19 related respiratory distress. Previously, it has been used off-label. More than 20,000 hoods have been distributed internationally over the past few months. Many people have sprung into action during this coronavirus pandemic, offering their expertise and helping in any way they can. That is just what Aurika Savickaite, RN, MSN, her husband David Lukauskas, and his sister Viktorija Trimbel did from their home in Chicago in mid-March. Aurika worked as an ICU nurse and patient care manager at the University of Chicago Medicine for 10 years. She is an expert in non-invasive ventilation (NIV), which supports a patient’s breathing and provides ventilation without using an invasive artificial airway tube placed via intubation. Read more from Biospace…

Diver, R.I. firm create life-saving oxygen hood

Middletown-based diving contractor Michael Lombardi is used to solving challenges underwater, immersed in 500 feet of ocean water or a shallow sewer in places as far-flung as Antarctica or closer to home in Rhode Island. And he has designed custom life-support systems for some of the most difficult tasks that take place under the sea.… read more from Providence Business News…

Rhode Island initiative breathes new life into the Covid-19 Pandemic

Oxygen Treatment Hoods prove to save lives in Bolivia and around the world One critical solution to the global ventilator shortage may be reducing the need for ventilators altogether. Hood/helmet Positive Airway Pressure (HPAP) is a mode of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) that has been used in Italy and elsewhere for decades to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ARDS, and with much success (Ref 1). Recently, Helmet NIV has been used specifically for Covid-19 patients as a proactive step to reduce required intubations and more sophisticated ventilators (Ref 2). Intubating a patient requires an endotracheal tube and a degree of sedation – both are invasive and the patient outcomes are not favorable. Recent reports suggest that mortality once a Covid-19 patient is on a ventilator is very high, perhaps as high as 80% (Ref 3). According to University of Chicago studies, intubations can be reduced by as much as 40%...
Read More The Health Bank: Creating access to cost-effective respiratory therapy

The Health Bank partners with Subsalve And Nanotronics Health, LLC to distribute Non-Invasive Ventilator kits in the MENASA region As the medical community responds to Covid-19 on a global scale, it is becoming increasingly clear that non-invasive ventilation is critical for patient care in the hospital and at home. To meet this need, The Health Bank (THB) Global, a tech-enabled global health management company, has partnered with the US-based companies Subsalve and Nanotronics Health, LLC, to bring Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. “NIV helps hospitals and clinical facilities manage critical resources, alleviating the pressure to procure ventilators, which are not appropriate in all cases,” said Salman Arif, CEO of The Health Bank Global. “We have the opportunity to free up ICU beds and to treat significantly more patients effectively if we do not rely solely on conventional invasive ventilation.” Research is...
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