The POWERbreathe KH1 is now widely accepted for use in patient groups including COPD, asthma, cardiac failure, thoracic surgery and neuromuscular disease.
The KH1 incorporates a Maximum Inspiratory Pressure (MIP) test which the patient can undertake for baseline measurement. MIP can then be re-tested following POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training to quantify improvement.
The POWERbreathe KH1 is also suitable for use with disposable filters and can be used bedside, on the ward, as part of a pulmonary program, or for single patient use at home under medical supervision.
The POWERbreathe KH series uses piezo-resistive pressure sensing technology for precise measurement of respiratory pressure 500 times/second. The triple-aperture rotary valve system makes up to 4000 precision movements every second.
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Medical Devices Directive
The main purpose of the Directive is to harmonise national controls, so allowing free movement of medical devices throughout the European Union and EFTA whilst at the same time ensuring that all devices within the Union are reasonably safe in use.
The Directive covers most medical devices other than active implantable medical devices and in vitro diagnostics.
The POWERbreathe KH1 should be used in conjunction with disposable bacterial/viral filters for multi-patient use. For single patient use, please follow the guidelines below to ensure that the POWERbreathe KH1 remains hygienic and in good working order.
Wipe-clean the POWERbreathe handset with a damp cloth. Do not immerse the handset or expose it to running water as this may damage the internal electronics.
NOTE: Never use scouring pads, abrasive cleaning agents or aggressive liquids such as petrol or acetone to clean the appliance. POWERbreathe KH1 is not suitable for dishwasher or autoclave use.
POWERbreathe is drug free, suitable for almost anyone and should cause no harmful side effects when used properly. Please read the following precautions and contraindications to ensure that POWERbreathe is used safely and appropriately.
Healthcare Professional should take into consideration the following conditions before patients use POWERbreathe:
Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, creates a negative pressure inside the chest, throat, ears and sinuses and is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:
Note: Materials are compliant with regards to composition, additives and properties, where applicable, in accordance with the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC Essential Requirements (Annex 1)