Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) and the related parameter for Forced Expiratory Volume within 1 second (FEV1), are values which report the performance of a person’s lungs. Most widely used in the management of Asthma, these measurements can also be used by patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Cystic Fibrosis, to self-monitor their lung function. A change in function can be an early indication that a person is becoming unwell and needs to seek treatment.
The pulse oximeter is a simple device which is worn on the end of your finger and calculates the degree of oxygen saturation of the blood by measuring small changes in the colour of your blood. It also calculates your pulse rate. The system is presently designed to monitor decreases in oxygenation levels for patients who are trying to preserve lung function but will also be used as a screen for those concerned that they may have undiagnosed sleep apnoea – a condition which often affects males in middle age who are overweight.
The development of these new capabilities is one of a series of investments made possible when the company received a Small Business Research Initiative contract from NHS Midlands and East and the Health Enterprise East's second SBRI competition in last year, to develop and the company’s ideas for a home-based test for lung infections.
In the case of the UK’s 9,000 sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis, use of the devices to help with earlier detection and subsequent treatment of recurring bacterial chest infections (known as exacerbations)
Dr Anne Blackwood, CEO of Health Enterprise East said: “We are really pleased to see Aseptika introduce new technical capabilities to the market at such a large conference such as Mobile World Congress. It shows that our SBRI programme allows UK SMEs to innovate and that these can quickly result in the introduction of new products for sale to our NHS and for export overseas.”
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Health Enterprise East (NHS)
Health Enterprise East Limited (HEE) is the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England, and assists with accelerating the development and uptake of innovative MedTech products and services that improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
We are committed to improving healthcare through supporting the development of innovative new products and services which meet the needs of the NHS. This work was commissioned by the Management Board of SBRI East and funded by NHS East of England, the European Regional Development Fund and the Technology Strategy Board. The views expressed in the publication are those of the author(s) are not necessarily that of the funding partners.