Based on the iron lung of yesteryear, the AIR-AD wearable device could help COPD patients breathe more easily.
The AIR-AD device created by Dr. Jake Brenner of Penn State is made up of a pair of shells that fit on the person’s back and chest, and a pump that will move the shells to offer breathing assistance. According to the Right Air company, founded to help commercialize the device, the system weighs only 8 pounds, while offering automatic breathing pattern adjustments and pressures equivalent to standard, stationary ventilators. Though still in the prototype phase, the AIR-AD system could eventually be integrated into clothing to offer fully-mobile, non-invasive ventilation assistance.
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