Metered dose inhalers (MDIs) and dry powder inhalers (DPIs) are valuable methods of delivering drugs to patients. Recent research has shown that these devices are more effective when they are used properly. The new In-CheckT Inhaler Assessment Kit, Clement Clarke, Mason, Ohio, provides physicians with a means for training patients to use inhalers to their maximum efficiency. By simulating the flow characteristics of different makes of inhalers, the patient can be quickly trained at the optimum flow rate. The device is simple to use and inexpensive. (800) 848-8923.
Pulse Oximeter/ECG Monitor
BCI International, Waukesha, Wis, introduces the AutocorrT Plus with 3- or 5-lead ECG, Pace Detect, Digital Oximetry with SACT (serial autocorrelation) Technology, and Respiration. This cost-effective, versatile monitor is fourth in the Clarityr Series, and can be used as a stand-alone device or combined with the other Clarity Systems for multiparameter monitoring. A high-resolution electroluminescent display provides two user configurable traces. As with the other Clarity monitors, the Autocorr Plus is highly portable, and can be used at the bedside or for transport. An optional printer is also available for recording patient information with strip charts, trend tables, and waveforms. (800) 558-2345.
Home Care system for OSA
The Respiratory Group of Mallinckrodt, Inc, St Louis, introduces the GoodKnight 418 home care system for treating obstructive sleep apnea. The GoodKnight 418 is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system used to help patients whose breathing is interrupted during sleep. The device is quiet, compact, lightweight, and connects to a mask that patients wear during sleep. Pressure generated by the system prevents air passages from being obstructed, helping to ensure uninterrupted breathing. (314) 654-2000.
DHD Healthcare, Canastota, NY, introduces the C3 multiple-use electronic counter for use with volumetric incentive spirometers. The new C3 helps patients count and monitor their breathing exercises for more compliant and effective sustained maximal inspiration (SMI) therapy. A laminated instruction guide and 100 patient stickers are included with each case of electronic counters for easy, long-term reference. (800) 847-8000.
Volumetric incentive spirometer
Nonin Medical Inc, Plymouth, Minn, offers the ONYXr, the world’s first self-contained finger pulse oximeter. The imaginative design of the ONYX incorporates the batteries (the ONYX weighs only 2 oz including batteries), electronics, and LED display inside a unique finger sensor. It is ideal for spot-checks or attended monitoring of adult or pediatric patients. The ONYX is manufactured to Nonin’s uncompromising standards for quality, accuracy, and durability. Completely automatic operation offers simplicity that was previously unimaginable. The ONYX complements Nonin’s full line of portable pulse oximeters and accessories. (800) 356-8874.
Cadwell Laboratories, Kennewick, Wash, offers the Easy II sleep system for the sleep diagnostic market. the Easy II Sleep offers full PSG capabilities with its simplified 32-channel Windowsr 95/98 recording and reviewing. The basic Easy II Sleep package includes 32-channel AC amplifier; DC amplifier; power supply module; sleep acquisition, analysis and review software; built-in oximeter; and patient set-up sensor kit. The versatility of this 32-channel system allows for the collection of virtually unlimited user-definable montages to perform PSGs at night and EEGs during the day. A variety of hardware and software configurations are available to meet the demands of the hospital or lab. The system is expandable with plug-ins like synchronous digital video and spike detection software. (800) 245-3001.