RespirTech Introduces Personalization Options for Airway Clearance Therapy

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RespirTech, the nation’s fastest growing provider of Airway Clearance
Therapy (ACT) vests, is launching new vest patterns and custom
decorative decals intended to enhance and personalize the therapy
experience for patients with chronic lung conditions such as cystic
fibrosis (CF) and COPD/bronchiectasis.

“Patients with respiratory disease count on our inCourage®
System to help clear their obstructed airways for better health and
quality of life,” says Bob Buehler, RespirTech Chief Commercial Officer.
“We know vest therapy helps with airway clearance if patients adhere to
their prescribed regimen. If personalized vests and units can encourage
therapy, that’s a win for patients, their caregivers and the health care
system.” Patients who adhere to therapy may experience fewer respiratory
infections1 and a reduced need for antibiotics.2

RespirTech’s inCourage System uses high-frequency chest compression
(HFCC) to help loosen, thin and mobilize mucus throughout the lungs and
airways. The system is comprised of an inflatable vest attached to a
compressor unit, which delivers air pulses that “thump” the chest and
loosen and clear mucus.

New vest designs and fun decals for use with inCourage System units
allow patients to show their unique style and give them another way to
personalize their therapy. “Anything that helps kids feel more empowered
and engaged in their therapy may lead to greater adherence, which is key
to improving health status,” says Buehler. More than half of the 30,000
CF patients in the U.S. are children3 and nearly 90 percent
of them, ages 6-17, use HFCC.4

Last year, the company introduced three popular vest designs—Flower
Power, Star Galaxy and Wild Camo. The company is expanding its vest
collection with three more lively designs: Pixel Puzzle, Northern Lights
and Passion Pink Camo.

RespirTech is also introducing custom decal sets for the unit that
coordinate with the vest designs. Among the newly available themes are
vibrant, colorful flowers, planets and stars, emoticons and sports
images.

About RespirTech
RespirTech is the developer, manufacturer
and distributor of the inCourage® System, which is designed
for simple, effective airway clearance therapy (ACT) for a wide range of
chronic lung conditions including cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), and bronchiectasis, an often under-diagnosed
condition5 affecting an estimated 475,000 people in the U.S.6
RespirTech is the only ACT vest company to use “triangle wave” air
pulses, demonstrated to improve airway secretion clearance by as much as
20 percent over “sine wave” vest therapy systems.7 For more
information on the inCourage System vest designs or decals, call
Customer Care at 800-793-1261 or visit www.respirtech.com.

1. Giarraffa P, Berger KI, Chaikin AA, Axelrod FB, Davey C, Becker B.
Assessing efficacy of high-frequency chest wall oscillation in patients
with familial dysautonomia. CHEST 2005;128:3377-3381.

2. Overgaard PM, Radford PJ. High-frequency chest wall oscillation
improves outcomes in children with cerebral palsy. CHEST 2005;128
(4):354S.

3. http://www.cff.org/aboutcf/

4.
http://www.cff.org/UploadedFiles/research/ClinicalResearch/PatientRegistryReport/2012-CFF-Patient-Registry.pdf
(page 22).

5. McDonnell MJ, Ward C, Lordan JL, Rutherford RM. Non-cystic fibrosis
bronchiectasis. Q J Med 2013;106:709-715.

6. RespirTech market information on file.

7. Milla CE, Hansen LF, Weber A, Warwick WJ, High-Frequency chest
compression: effect of the third generation compression waveform, Biomed
Instrum Technol. 2004;38:322-328.

Contacts

RespirTech
Greta Drentlaw, 651-348-3823
Marketing
Communications Manager
gdrentlaw@respirtech.com