Vapotherm pulled by CDC??? - page 2

According to our attending, there has been some sort of bacteria found in certain filters for Vapotherm, so the units have been pulled. Has anyone else heard about this?? We were just starting to... Read More

  1. by   MsJessikia
    I read the letter that our attending recieved from the company. They did a recall of the machines because a few hospitals found some bugs in them... starts with an R...Wish I could remember the name!!!!!
    So they are looking for ways to sterilize them but Im sure it will probably end in bancruptcy I hope not, I love it!!
  2. by   Gompers
    Quote from MsJessikia
    I read the letter that our attending recieved from the company. They did a recall of the machines because a few hospitals found some bugs in them... starts with an R...Wish I could remember the name!!!!!
    So they are looking for ways to sterilize them but Im sure it will probably end in bancruptcy I hope not, I love it!!
    Ralstonia ssp.

    There is a press-release on their official website.

    http://www.vtherm.com/about/news.asp?id=62
  3. by   barb34
    Our unit was absolutely against it and we never used it, the nurses were devastated since our sister hospital was using it and gave rave reviews, but the other night i saw that we have rigged our own set-up and we are capable of breaking it down and sterilizing it, also I think we don't use as much heat. Anyway we like the new set-up and hopefully we will see more popping up.
  4. by   Gompers
    Quote from barb34
    Our unit was absolutely against it and we never used it, the nurses were devastated since our sister hospital was using it and gave rave reviews, but the other night i saw that we have rigged our own set-up and we are capable of breaking it down and sterilizing it, also I think we don't use as much heat. Anyway we like the new set-up and hopefully we will see more popping up.
    The heat is partly what makes it work so well. It's easier to breathe warm air than cold air. We now use the Fisher Paykel version, and it's even warmer than the Vapotherm. This system uses an inflatable cuff to force sterile water through a heater, and this is vaporized into tubing that is connected to the wall air and oxygen ports. We still like Vapotherm better, but until their sterilization situation improves, we are happy to have a very similar product.

    Why was your unit "absolutely" against it? It's wonderful!
  5. by   barb34
    They were worried about infection, they were just concerned about how we were going to sterilize the setup. I have never seen it personally so I don't know what they are talking about. But this other set-up we are using seems similar to the vapo-therm or the one you mentioned. We are just so happy to have an alternative to CPAP. Now if we can just get rid of the nasal rated CPAP and that "hug n' snug"
  6. by   tracy6fan
    After the Vapotherm was pulled here, someone in RT management jerryrigged a "high flow" cannula together with a concha heater to use in place of it. Some docs will use it, some won't. It was cleared for use by biomed and risk management, however some of the RTs and nurses are still uncomfortable. Just last week, a baby practically drowned from water spewing out of it. Anybody else using a makeshift Vapotherm?

    One of the therapists told us yesterday the Vapotherm may be back in a couple of weeks. Anybody else heard this?
  7. by   TiffyRN
    We are using a rigged-up high flow NC with a heater. I know I have seen these used on kids with flows up to 3-4L/min and I think I heard we are using them with flows up to 6L/min. I does tend to shoot water up to the kid. Fortunately it's usually when a nurse is providing care and she can suction it out but obvioulsy not a very ideal situation.

    I haven't heard anything about Vapotherm coming back but I would SO welcome it back. We loved it where I work.
  8. by   Mimi2RN
    I recently heard from an RT that it was related to the water used in the system. We always used sterile water, but some places used tap water, and that was the cause of the problem. It was really an odd colonization, anyway.

    Hope it comes back soon!

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