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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Improving Aerosol Therapy for Respiratory Disorders

Published May 1, 2015 9:15 AM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine

Premier healthcare innovation marketplace, Edison Nation Medical, and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), have announced a global search to uncover innovations for improving aerosol therapy for patients with respiratory disorders.

Inhaled therapy has been routinely employed for over half a century in ambulatory patients with respiratory disorders but aerosol therapy in ventilator-dependent patients is complex. The effectiveness of aerosol therapy depends on several factors such as the aerosol device, drug, ventilator parameters, and circuit. As the number of chronic lung patients continues to grow, there is an increased need for innovative inhaled therapy treatments that are higher quality, less expensive, and easier for patients to use.

SEE ALSO: Inhalation Therapy in Clinical Practice

"Inhaled therapies are central to the treatment of a number of critical respiratory conditions which affect many millions of people in this country alone," said Robert Grajewski, president of Edison Nation Medical. "AARC advocates on behalf of patients as well as respiratory care therapists and they're committed to uncovering innovations that improve patient compliance and patient outcomes. We are thrilled to extend our partnership in this new direction to uncover innovations that make a difference for chronic lung patients and their families."

AARC's Executive Director Thomas Kallstrom MBA, RRT FAARC shared, "The AARC is committed to supporting its members by providing them with unique opportunities to share their creative and innovative ideas for consideration to be patented.

“We understand that respiratory professionals intimately understand the technology, patients' barriers and challenges faced each day in administering aerosol treatments, and that its important to further explore their ideas and concepts for possible advancements in aerosol therapy and patient care,” Kallstrom continued. “This AARC member offering is a benefit that requires a minimal investment of $25. We want to encourage our members to submit their ideas to Edison Nation Medical for evaluation, and enhance their membership and contribution to the medical profession."

For more information about the Aerosol Therapy innovation search or to submit an aerosol therapy idea, please go to www.AARC.org/search-aerosol-therapy-innovations-underway/. This search closes on July 31.

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