DeVilbiss, a division of Sunrise Medical, Longmont, Colo, offers the Travel-Aire® AC/DC battery portable compressor/nebulizer. With its light weight, compact size, and one-touch operation, Travel-Aire makes it possible for patients to take a treatment wherever they go. Like all DeVilbiss compressor/nebulizers, its consistent, concentrated delivery of particles penetrates deep into the lungs, delivering medication where it is needed most. This unit is designed to operate from AC power, DC battery power, or an optional DC cigarette lighter cord. With all these features, your patients now have the freedom to go places they have always wanted to go. (800) 333-4000; www.sunrisemedical.com.
B & B Medical Technologies Inc, Loomis, Calif, offers the HOPE continuous nebulizer with improved CNBT technology, which relieves the practitioner of the laborious task of remixing SVNs every 15 minutes. The HOPE nebulizer aids in reversing impending respiratory failure, severe asthma, pneumonia, and COPD. HOPE also allows the ability to mix medications from 1 to 8 hours. Heliox administration could not be easier. With a length of oxygen tubing and a tank of heliox, you can turn the HOPE nebulizer into an inexpensive alternative to a tube and ventilator.
(800) 242-8778; www.BandB-Medical.com.
Flo-Mist continuous medication nebulizer (CMN) from Smiths Medical ASD Inc, Keene, NH, offers the convenience of continuous medication delivery for up to 8 hours, making it a versatile nebulizer. Hospitals can meet the needs of most asthmatic patients with the Flo-Mist product line alone. It is perfect for pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, and nurses and can be used on patients requiring other CMN treatments including short- to medium-term therapy. Adding an auxiliary flow causes little to no change in medication output, letting you change the inspired gas flow, not the patient dosage. (800) 258-5361; www.smiths-medical.com.
Respironics Inc, Murrysville, Pa, introduces the powerful Inspiration® Elite Compressor Nebulizer System. The system is durable, easy to use, and easy to maintain. It weighs 3.3 pounds; has a built-in handle, handset docking, and cord storage area; and it gives patients the freedom to move around. The system includes a Sidestream® disposable nebulizer handset that incorporates a venturi system to enhance drug output, is highly efficient (80% of drug output volume is below 5 microns in size), and provides faster treatment times (delivering 2.5 mL of drug output within 7 minutes). (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.
PARI Respiratory Equipment Inc, Midlothian, Va, introduces BUBBLES THE FISH II pediatric aerosol mask. BUBBLES makes aerosol treatments fun while minimizing facial and ocular deposition of medications. This proprietary and patented mask is specifically designed for patients 3 years and older and has been shown to optimize inhalation of respirable particles to the lungs. BUBBLES THE FISH II offers a number of unique features, including 1) a longer snout to permit the aerosol velocity to slow down and congregate before inhalation; and 2) mask geometry around the nose and eye interface to minimize particle inertia. (800) FAST-NEB (327-8632); www.PARI.com.
Monaghan Medical Corp (MMC), Plattsburgh, NY, introduces the AeroChamber Max® Valved Holding Chamber, with ComfortSeal® Mask. The AeroChamber Max VHC with Flow-Vu indicator enables users and providers to be visually assured of proper inhalation during inspiratory maneuver. The new aerodynamic body with Stat-Ban is a clear, antistatic polymer material device that allows for maximum suspension time in the chamber and increased drug availability, while reducing the static potential of plastic. (800) 833-9653; www.monaghanmed.com.
Correction: The correct phone number for Puritan Bennett is (800) 995-1325. It appeared incorrectly in the June 2005 issue.