Universal pMDI asthma spacer providing non-complying patients with information regarding lung health
Student Team: Wheezy 2 Breezy
Gerald Lee, MD, Emory University Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Young asthma patients don’t currently have a way of knowing the quality of their inhalation while using their inhalers. This can be a problem because asthma control depends on the successful delivery of inhaler medication to the lungs. Holding chambers and spacer devices attach to metered-dose inhalers (MDI) for the purpose of distributing asthma medication efficiently to the patient. They do not, however, have a method of tracking the quality of inhaler delivery to the lungs, and they are bulky, cumbersome, and a pain for users. The Collapsible Compliance Spacer is a device that addresses these issues. It is more compact and capable of measuring inspiratory and expiratory flow rate information. These functions provide feedback about the patient’s technique while inhaling the medication from the inhaler and expiratory flow rate information as feedback regarding the patient’s lung health while an inhaler is not attached. All of this data will be recorded over time.
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