Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A smarter inhaler for asthmatic kids

The Inspiromatic provides real-time feedback.
An Israeli father from Modi’in was so determined to find a better way to deliver his young son’s asthma medication that he started a new company to do it.

Inspiro Medical is now about to start clinical trials in Israel to test Inspiromatic, a device that mechanical engineer Nimrod Kaufmann dreamed up with Dr. Guy Steuer, senior pulmonologist at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah.

Kaufmann, who already had 10 years of experience in medical devices research and development, tells ISRAEL21c that he felt frustrated when using a bulky nebulizer machine to treat his preschooler’s asthma.

Nebulizers are effective, but they require the parent to prepare the dose of liquid medication and take a long time to deliver it to a squirming child. Kaufmann knew that dry powder inhalers do a better, faster job with less risk of error and contamination, but small children – as well as very ill people, the elderly and those with certain disabilities – cannot use them properly.

“You must inhale a certain volume, not too fast and not too slow. It’s not simple,” he says.

Kaufmann and Steuer joined forces to create a “smart” dry powder inhaler with several key advantages over existing models. Its internal microcontroller and flow sensor detect the right time to deliver the medication and automatically disperse the drug particles in the right size without need for forceful inhalation.

It provides instant feedback in the form of a green light or red light to indicate if the patient is inhaling correctly, and a beeper when the whole dose has been delivered.

In a boon for doctors, the Inspiromatic also stores information that takes the guesswork out of treatment decisions. -- Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

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