The Aerobika® device
The Aerobika® device is hand-held, easy-to-use, and drug-free. When the patient exhales through the device, intermittent resistance creates positive pressure and oscillations simultaneously, which stabilises the airways, helps expel the mucus to the upper airways where it can be coughed out, and may also aid in improved drug deposition. The Aerobika® device is available in Canada, Mexico, and select European countries including the UK and Germany through Trudell Medical International and in the US via Monaghan Medical Corporation. TrudellMed.com/products/Aerobika
Aerobika® device study results for bronchiectasis
In this latest study of bronchiectasis patients, researchers noted significant improvements in ventilation function for a number of the patients after three weeks of using the Aerobika® device. There were no adverse events related to the use of the device reported during the study.1
Dr. Jason Suggett, Group Director Science & Technology for Trudell Medical International agrees. “The current investigation—as well as recently reported studies—add to the growing evidence base demonstrating that the Aerobika® device can help to improve the maintenance and function of the lungs of patients who have compromised airways by opening airways and clearing mucus.”
Overlap between bronchiectasis and COPD
Researchers have observed overlap between bronchiectasis and other chronic airway diseases such as COPD. They have reported that these types of patients tend to have higher rates of exacerbation and worse outcomes.1
The overlap between bronchiectasis and COPD was highlighted in a recent study presented at the 2016 CHEST annual meeting. Investigators found that for COPD patients who had experienced more than one exacerbation in the previous 12 months, 92.7% also had bronchiectasis.2
These results from bronchiectasis patients using the Aerobika® device are in line with another 2016 real-world study presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress. Investigators found the Aerobika® device demonstrated a clinically significant reduction in exacerbations in as little as 30 days of treatment, when used as an add-on to usual COPD medications.3
About the bronchiectasis Aerobika® device study
Fifteen participants with non-CF bronchiectasis and 15 age-matched healthy volunteers underwent spirometry, plethysmography, computed tomography (CT), and hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Bronchiectasis patients also completed a Six-Minute Walk Test, the St. George’s Respiratory questionnaire, and Patient Evaluation Questionnaire (PEQ), and returned for a follow-up visit after 3 weeks of daily oscillatory positive expiratory pressure (Aerobika® device) use. Supplementary data related to this study can be found at dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2016.08.021.
About the bronchiectasis and COPD overlap study
A retrospective study of the medical records of 961 stable COPD outpatients who were followed regularly during the period 2011-2015 at least twice/year. Complete medical records were found in 855 patients who were eligible for the analysis. Results were presented at the 2016 CHEST annual meeting.
The complete study can be found at http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=2568609
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 Suggett J. A Retrospective Cohort Study Demonstrating the Impact of an OPEP Device on Exacerbations in COPD Patients with Chronic Bronchitis. Presented at ERS 2016. Eur Respir J. 2016;48:PA3780.
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Source: LFA Airways Clinical Update Feb 2017