Inspiratory muscle weakness is inherent in various patient groups but is most common in COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Heart Failure and Neuromuscular disease. Weakness of the inspiratory muscles can result from a number of causes, including disease. Difficulty breathing is a sign of inspiratory weakness, and a major sign of serious disease of the airway, lungs or heart. Not only can lack of activity cause inspiratory muscle weakness, but also the use of oral steroid medication to control conditions such as asthma and emphysema has been shown to cause weakness of the inspiratory muscles.
The POWERbreathe Medic
The POWERbreathe Medic is the only Inspiratory Muscle Training device available on prescription that has been used in research into the benefits of Inspiratory Muscle Training for a variety of medical conditions. The good news is that the inspiratory muscles can be trained using the POWERbreathe Medic to yield:
- Improvements in inspiratory muscle strength, power and endurance (3,4)
- Structural and biomechanical adaptations (5,6)
- More importantly, inspiratory muscle training (IMT) reduces dyspnoea during exercise and daily activities, as well as improving exercise tolerance and quality of life, particularly in patients with COPD (4,6-12)
IMT Research > The POWERbreathe Medic offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients with a variety of medical conditions such as COPD, Heart Failure, Asthma, Thoracic Surgery, Ventilator Weaning, Cystic Fibrosis and Neuromuscular Disease. It is available on prescription at the prevailing charge.
POWERbreathe Medic on the NHS
For the POWERbreathe Medic to be approved for prescription in the UK it had to undergo 20 months of rigorous assessment, after which, in 2006 the POWERbreathe Medic was made available in the UK for prescription in the National Health Serice (NHS) Drug Tariff.
Why patients are requesting the POWERbreathe Medic
You may find that when you ask your GP about the POWERbreathe Medic or IMT (Inspiratory Muscle Training), they may not yet be fully familiar with the product or concept. They can however easily refer to the NHS Drug Tariff for the details required in order to prescribe it. POWERbreathe Medic Inspiratory Muscle Training is being prescribed by medical professionals as either a standalone intervention or as part of a rehabilitation programme. One medical professional in Brazil used the electronic POWERbreathe K5 to help a 93-year-old patient train her inspiratory muscles so that she had the strength to inhale her much-needed medication. Patients with a breathing difficulty are more frequently asking for alternatives to traditional drug-based treatments and therapies. This may be because the side-effects of prescribed drugs may be limiting daily life, or it may be because they wish to maximise control of their condition with a complementary treatment. POWERbreathe Medic training can be tailored from low-intensity training to high-intensity training and is easy to use straight out of the box. We have published a printable leaflet that can be printed off and taken with you to your GP’s appointment as it explains how POWERbreathe works, in case your GP isn’t familiar with it. Download POWERbreathe Information for Healthcare Professionals >
POWERbreathe Medic – Reviewed by West Cumbria Respiratory Team
“Our patients have found it to be of great benefit. We have been using the POWERbreathe Medic for over a year as part of the pulmonary rehab programme and our patients have found it to be of great benefit and enjoy using it. We have good compliance and have found an improvement in patients’ fitness. We will continue to use the POWERbreathe Medic as an adjunct to our programme.” Emma Hamilton, West Cumbria Respiratory Team, Workington Community Hospital.
The Medical Device Directives
Within Europe the EU passed a set of directives that introduced legal controls regulating the safety and performance of devices across the European Union. These Directives included mandatory provisions for the mandatory CE marking of products. These European Medical Devices Directives have now been implemented into UK legislation by the Medical Devices Regulations 2002.
The CE mark confirms that the product conforms with the relevant medical device directives and that it is fit for its intended purpose. The POWERbreathe Medic , and all POWERbreathe devices, are CE marked and are a Class 1 Medical Device.
Class 1 Medical Device
How do you know that a product is approved for prescription?
After it has been established that a product is a medical device, the next step is confirming whether the product is listed in the Drug Tariff, as only medical devices listed in Part IX of the Tariff can be prescribed on an NHS prescription. Medical devices can only be prescribed on NHS prescriptions if the product is listed in Part IX (Appliances section) of the Drug Tariff.
The POWERbreathe Medic NHS Drug Tariff
- NHS Drug Tariff
- Part IXA - Appliances
- Inspiratory Pressure Threshold Loading Device
- NHS Supply Chain Respiratory Therapy Contract
- PIP Code: 232-1040
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