POWERbreathe Medic

Available on prescription

£29.99

The POWERbreathe Medic is a Respiratory Muscle Training device (RMT) scientifically proven to strengthen the respiratory muscles, reducing breathlessness, improving exercise tolerance and enhancing quality of life in a wide range of patients.

POWERbreathe Medic Features:

  • Available for prescription in the UK
  • Pressure Threshold training
  • Mechanically adjustable variable load settings (10 - 90cmH2O)

REF: PB1000

After 20 months of rigorous assessment, the POWERbreathe Medic  was made available in the UK for prescription in the National Health Service (NHS) Drug Tariff: PIP 232-1040.

As well as being made available to patients on prescription, the POWERbreathe Medic is also available via pharmacy retail.

POWERbreathe Medic  offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients in a variety of medical conditions such as COPD, Heart Failure, Asthma, Thoracic Surgery, Ventilator Weaning, Cystic Fibrosis and Neuromuscular Disease.

POWERbreathe Medic  is the only Respiratory Muscle Training device available for prescription that has been used in research into the benefits of Respiratory Muscle Training for a variety of medical conditions.

POWERbreathe Medic  Respiratory Muscle Training is being prescribed by medical professionals as either a standalone intervention or as part of a rehabilitation programme.

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Level 1 = 10cmH2O
Level 2 = 20cmH2O
Level 3 = 30cmH2O
Level 4 = 40cmH2O
Level 5 = 50cmH2O
Level 6 = 60cmH2O
Level 7 = 70cmH2O
Level 8 = 80cmH2O
Level 9 = 90cmH2O

(Precise load settings may vary)

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 Directive

  • Specifies “essential requirements” which must be met before any device can be placed on the market 
  • Introduces controls covering the safety, performance, specification, design, manufacture and packaging of devices 
  • Specifies requirements for assessment of clinical investigation protocols, and the evaluation of any adverse incidents that occur 
  • Introduces a system of assessment of clinical investigation protocols, which is matched to the degree of risk inherent in the device 
  • Empowers a Competent Authority to identify and designate “notified bodies” who check and verify that devices meet the relevant essential requirements 

EC Medical Devices Directives Guidance Notes for Manufacturers of Class 1 Medical Devices

ISO Certificates of approval for ‘Design & manufacture of medical devices for improvement of respiratory function'

How to use:

  1. The patient puts the nose-clip on so that it pushes their nostrils together (this is optional but prevents the patient from breathing in through their nose).
  2. The patient should then breathe in quickly and forcefully through POWERbreathe for 30 breaths twice a day (preferably morning and night to allow the inspiratory muscles time to recover in between sessions). This is the scientifially proven training regimen.
  3. As inspiratory muscle strength and stamina improve, the patient may adjust and increase the resistance.
  4. Full instructions are provided in the accompanying user manual.

Cleaning:

  1. POWERbreathe will be exposed to saliva during use. We recommend that a few times a week POWERbreathe should be soaked in warm water for about 10 minutes ( the POWERbreathe Manual has full details).
  2. Once a week POWERbreathe should be soaked in a mild cleansing solution instead of water, using  POWERbreathe Cleansing Tablets - only 1 tablet is required each time. 

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.

Precautions:

  • The patient must not make changes to any prescribed medication or prescribed treatment programme without consulting their doctor.
  • POWERbreathe should not be used if the patient is suffering from a ruptured eardrum.
  • To prevent the potential transmission of infections, we recommend that POWERbreathe is not shared with other users, including family members.
  • This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • POWERbreathe is designed for exercising the inspiratory muscles only. No other use is intended or implied.
  • Anyone who is under the age of 16 should only use POWERbreathe with supervision from an adult. POWERbreathe contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 7 years.
  • Whilst training with POWERbreathe the patient should feel resistance when inhaling but it should not be painful. If the patient feels pain whilst using POWERbreathe they should stop immediately and consult their doctor.
  • Some users may experience slight ear discomfort when training with POWERbreathe, especially if they are recovering from a cold. This is caused by inadequate equalisation of pressure between the mouth and ears. If symptoms persist, patients should consult their doctor.
  • If a patient is suffering from a cold, sinusitis or respiratory tract infection, we advise that they do not use POWERbreathe until symptoms have disappeared. 

Healthcare Professional should take into consideration the following conditions before patients use POWERbreathe:

  1. A history of spontaneous pneumothorax (a collapsed lung that was not due to traumatic injury e.g. broken rib), as it may lead to a recurrence of the condition.
  2. Pulmonary hypertension or large bullae on chest x-ray
  3. Marked osteoporosis with history of rib fractures
  4. Desaturation during or following IMT (<94%)

Contraindications

Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:

  • Asthma patients who have low symptom perception and suffer from frequent, severe exacerbations or with an abnormally low perception of dyspnoea
  • If a patient is suffering from a ruptured eardrum or any other condition of the ear
  • Patients with marked elevated left ventricular end-diastolic volume and pressure
  • Patients with worsening heart failure signs and symptoms after RMT / IMT
  • POWERbreathe IMT device
  • Mouthpiece (PVC - not made with natural rubber latex or and phthalates)
  • Nose clip
  • Storage pouch
  • 4 cleansing tablets
  • User manual

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