Drug-free, evidence-based Respiratory Muscle Training.
Scientifically proven results in 4 weeks

POWERbreathe Respiratory Muscle Training

POWERbreathe Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) is clinically proven to benefit patients with medical conditions such as:

  • COPD
  • Heart Failure
  • Asthma
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Ventilator Weaning
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Neuromuscular Disease.

POWERbreathe RMT can be implemented as either a standalone intervention, or as part of a rehabilitation programme. It can also be used by a patient straight out of the box to use at home.

POWERbreathe Medic for patients

Medic

Tried & tested, the POWERbreathe Medic is the pioneer of variable load RMT devices.

COPD: numerous randomised controlled trials show that inspiratory muscle training improves inspiratory muscle strength, endurance, walking ability and quality of life.

Inspiratory muscle training is considered to be ‘a meaningful addition to pulmonary rehabilitation programmes’ (Lotters et al, 2002) to help treat breathlessness and poor walking ability.

Long term use of POWERbreathe RMT even reduces rates of GP consultations and hospitalisation (Geddes et al, 2008), (Beckerman et al, 2005).

Asthma: in randomised controlled trials inspiratory muscle training reduces the use of rescue medication by as much as 79% (Weiner et al, 1992, 2000, 2002), as well as breathlessness, asthma symptoms, sickness and hospital admissions.

POWERbreathe RMT increases inspiratory muscle strength and reduces breathlessness in just three weeks (McConnell et al, 1998).

Heart failure: inspiratory muscle training F Hanson, UK increases inspiratory strength and endurance, alleviates breathlessness and improves walking ability and quality of life (Dall’Ago et al, 2006), (Laoutaris et al, 2004).

 

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.

Medic Plus

The POWERbreathe Medic Plus provides a 65% improved airflow compared to the standard Medic model.

Featuring variable load settings from 1-78 cmH20, POWERbreathe Medic Plus offers in one device a drug free RMT/IMT solution that should satisfy most patient groups needs, at a very low cost to the patient or healthcare provider i.e. NHS in the UK.

The 1cmH20 entry load allows patients who are in ICU or who have severe breathing difficulties, to begin training their respiratory muscles which otherwise would not be trained.

POWERbreathe Medic Plus incorporates the latest developments in mechanical design technology together with comfortable ergonomic design to deliver:

  • 65% improvement in airflow dynamics
  • Easy to adjust resistance
  • Easy to read resistance gauge
  • Lower entry load to suit i.e. COPD users
  • Variable load settings 0 – 10 levels
  • Variable load range 1 – 78cmH20
  • Anti-scratch materials
  • Simple disassembly for cleaning
  • Soft touch nose clip
  • New mouthpiece design is suitable for ages 7 and upwards

POWERbreathe KH-Series - Designed & developed for healthcare professionals

For heathcare professionals

The POWERbreathe KH1 is a revolutionary inspiratory muscle training device designed specifically for the healthcare professional. The application of POWERbreathe RMT/IMT within healthcare and medical markets is now widely accepted and is used in such patient groups as COPD, Asthma, ICU and Cardiac.

By using the Maximum Inspiratory Pressure (MIP) test incorporated into the KH1, the patient can undertake a baseline measurement and train according to the scientifically proven 30 breaths twice a day protocol and re-measure the MIP to quantify the improvement

  • Manually adjustable variable training load (5-200cmH20)
  • Advanced electronic variable load training
  • Single breath test MIP
  • Single breath test (PIF/Flow Test)
  • Test results (PIF/Flow Test and MIP)
  • Current training results (Inhaled Volume, Power, Load)
  • Current training results (T-Index %)
    Breathing pacing guidance (audible beep)
  • Interchangeable valve heads for multiple users
  • Single use TrySafeTM filter option available for testing
  • Compatible with oxygen adapter and face mask Ergonomic design for adult and pediatric use

With Breathelink Medic live feedback software

The KH2 software is PC compatible (except for Windows 10 S mode).

The POWERbreathe KH2 includes several innovative features including MIP and PIF test facility, allowing practitioners to collect patients training data via the portable hand held KH2 device.

The advanced KH2 model allows the results to be viewed in real-time using the revolutionary Breathe-Link Medic software. With the development of POWERbreathe’s advanced electronically controlled valve, average load, power and inhaled volume can be viewed instantly.

  • Breathe-Link Medic Software: PC connectivity via USB enables real time training and performance testing. Select specific training and testing parameters and then assess inspiratory muscle condition and training progress.
  • Breathe-Link Medic Custom: Allows you to create and upload patients personalised breathing training sessions.
  • Breathe-Link Medic Pro-View: Allows advanced, detailed, simultaneous plotting and analysis of all inspiratory muscle training data.

Click to expand the sections to read more about the software functionality:

MIP Test with Breathe-Link Medic Software

  • Maximum Inspiratory Pressure (MIP) test. A test that measures the strength of the muscles used in breathing. 
  • Real-time / Live feedback provides healthcare professionals detailed analysis of each breath to help respiratory and pulmonary rehabilitation assessment. 
  • Predicted Normal Value Band. Highest One Second Average is your MIP score for the current breath.

 S-Index / PIF Test Live Session

  • Strength index is a measure of the patient’s inspiratory muscle strength, based on the relationship between pressure and flow. 
  • PIF (Flow) is a measure of the maximum rate at which the patient can inhale air into their lungs. 
  • This measurement is based upon the maximum measured flow rate during the test breath, which gives an indication of the speed at which the patient’s inspiratory muscles contract.

MIP Test Results with Breathe-Link Medic Software

  • Results Level 1 – Multi-Level Analytic Review System to Monitor patient progress and help assess Respiratory Muscle Conditions.
    Session by Session graphical view of historical tests performed with the KH2 unit. Includes: QC MIP* and average pressure for the session.
  • Results Level 2 – Breath-by-breath detail of test performed is recorded allowing healthcare professionals the ability to identify trends and improvements. Includes: MIP result for each breath and average pressure for each breath.
  • Results Level 3 – Individual breaths in a session can be assessed. Includes: Predicted Normal Value Band and highest one second average (the MIP score for the current breath).
  • New feature* To ensure accurate and repeatable MIP results, the POWERbreathe KH2 Breathe-Link Medic software has introduced the QC MIP mechanism: The maximum value of 3 manoeuvres that vary by less then 20% is recorded.

Breathe-Link Medic Basic View Live

  • Graphical view of major respiratory breathing parameters to easily assess and encourage patient training performance. The goal is to maximise training performance against personal bests set. Proven to increase user compliance of training regime. 

Breathe-Link Medic Professional View Live 

  • Professional view of major respiratory breathing parameters to easily assess and encourage the patient’s training performance. 
  • Analyse a training session breath by breath in real-time. 
  • Major breath parameters are plotted in real-time which include Power, Energy, Pressure and flow

Simple Click and Drag System

  • Breathe-Link Medic Software offers a simple, easy to use, interactive environment which allows you to adjust the setting for each breathe by simply clicking and dragging the bars on screen. 
  • Allows professionals to create personalised training sessions to optimise patient training. 
  • Flexibility to change the patient’s training load for each individual breath.

Train Results Level 1 – Session Detail

  • Multiple parameters displayed as histograms. 

Train Results Level 2 – Breath by Breath Detail

  • Multiple parameters displayed as histograms. 
    Interactive environment. 

Train Results Level 3 – Individual Breath Detail

  • Linear graphs of major respiratory parameters for every breath within a session. 
  • Healthcare professionals have the ability to assess in detail respiratory changes that can affect patients breathing.

 

Breathe-Link Medic Patient Lists 

  • Integrated patient view showing all registered patients on the Breathe-Link Medic software. The Patient View master control panel allows you to easily access and navigate patients RMT/IMT training data. 
  • CSV (Comma Separated Values) file can be generated allowing easy integration to excel and other spreadsheet applications.
  • Additional features include sort, search (second name only), edit, add and export/import user data in one localised window. 

  • Manually adjustable variable training load (5-200cmH20)
  • Advanced electronic variable load training
  • Single breath test MIP
  • Single breath test (PIF/Flow Test)
  • Test results (PIF/Flow Test and MIP)
  • Current training results (Inhaled Volume, Power, Load)
  • Current training results (T-Index %)
    Breathing pacing guidance (audible beep)
  • Interchangeable valve heads for multiple users
  • Single use TrySafeTM filter option available for testing
  • Compatible with oxygen adapter and face mask Ergonomic design for adult and pediatric use

For patient home-treatment plans

POWERbreathe KHP2
Following Professional consultation using the KH1 or KH2, whether it is for rehabilitation, pre-operative conditioning or symptom relief of lung function limiting diseases and conditions, the patient can then use the POWERbreathe KHP2 model at home, as part of their on-going treatment plan.
 
Clinical research has shown high patient motivation due to the on screen feedback which has resulted in high compliance (90%+) and significantly improved lung muscle strength and stamina.
 
Correspondingly, healthcare professionals are able to review patient progress by tracking up to 36 training sessions which the KHP2 can store.
 
The electronic, variable, tapered flow valve ensures the maximum training benefit.
 
POWERbreathe KHP2 is cost effective, easy to use, easy to clean and training improvements can be easily monitored.
 
  • Auto-optimising training technology
  • Training intensity selector
  • Training guidance system
  • Training results display
 

POWERbreathe on the NHS (UK)

NHS Drug Tariff
Part IXA – Appliances
Inspiratory Pressure Threshold Loading Device
NHS Supply Chain Respiratory Therapy Contract

PIP Code: 232-1040