Device is connected to computer through USB port and controlled by an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). Measuring takes a few seconds, results are shown in GUI and saved in report file.
The global (U.S., Europe, Asia and ROW) respiratory care devices market has grown significantly over the past few years and is expected to grow at a steady pace in the coming five years. Rapidly aging population, rising incidence in Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), technical advances in the respiratory care devices market, and tight budgets of healthcare institutions are the major factors influencing the market.
The emergence of home healthcare has opened new avenues for the respiratory care devices market. Convenience and comfort in a home care environment coupled with cost advantages are the major factors driving the home healthcare market for respiratory care devices. The U.S. accounts for the largest share of the global respiratory care devices market. Demographic changes and rising incidence of COPD are among the major factors influencing the market. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Right now more than 30 million Americans have some kinds of pulmonary diseases and must permanently perform the Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT).
The global respiratory care devices market was expected to be worth $8.8 billion in 2010 and is estimated to reach $13.5 billion by 2015, growing at a CAGR of 8.8% from 2010-2015. Within the respiratory diagnostic devices segment, spirometers dominate the market with an estimated share of $489 million by 2015.
We are group of engineers from Israel, Igor Krivts, Ph.D. in mechanics and Yuri Belenky, M.Sc. in electronics in cooperation with lawyer Yuval Horn. Inspired by Dr. Krivts idea we have developed, built and tested prototype of compact (handheld) non-invasive device enabling the quick and efficient measuring of the major parameters of the human respiratory system: total lung capacity (TLC), thoracic gas volume (TGV), functional residual capacity (FRC), airway resistance and lung compliance in addition to others spirometric characteristics. We believe our device will combine functions of both spirometer and body box (plethysmograph) remaining compact and cost effective as traditional spirometer.
Currently we are designing additional DLCO module. It will be mounted on top of unit and be able measure diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide.