Portable Breathalyzer Detects Respiratory Distress

Portable Breathalyzer Detects Respiratory Distress
A portable device able to diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome in a breath sample could allow earlier treatment of the disease.

Developed by a team from the University of Michigan, the briefcase-sized gas chromatography system connects to the patient’s ventilator exhale port, where it will sample around 100 different compounds in the exhaled breath. That data is then analyzed, indicating not only the presence of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) but also how far along the disease is.

According to U-M professor Kevin Ward, “The technology should also be extremely useful in detecting and following the course of many other diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis, asthma and others associated with either lung or systemic blood inflammation.”

Portable Breathalyzer Detects Respiratory Distress

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