This week I want to talk to you about Measuring Lung Function, and monitoring Asthma. HealthCare4All have some new products that are aimed more at healthcare professionals. However, they can be used by the general public too.
The manufacturer I decided on is called Vitalograph. They make a full range of products for measuring Lung Function. They are extremely well made, high quality products from digital peak flow meters to TOUCHSCREEN spirometers! Have a look here to check out their full range of products
The product I want to tell you all about today is the Vitalograph 6300 63310 MICRO Touch Screen Spirometer With USB (£541.65 EXC VAT)
Micro Touch Screen Spirometer
The Ultimate Low Cost, High Performance Spirometer
The Vitalograph micro™ is a high quality spirometer at a great value price from the leading provider of spirometry devices to general healthcare and occupational health markets. This reliable, easy-to-use entry-level model offers all required functionalities in a full feature spirometer that is unrivalled in its price range.
The micro features the same high performance measuring technology used across the Vitalograph range and requires no user calibration. In contrast to turbine spirometers micro does not feature any sensitive moving parts, guaranteeing robustness and the highest possible measuring accuracy – even at very low or high flow rates. The running costs per measurement are low, as no expensive disposable sensors, turbines, spirettes and flow tubes are needed. Optimal hygienic operation is assured via Vitalograph Bacterial Viral Filters (BVF™).
The micro is the ideal choice where fast accurate testing is required in environments where mobility is important.
The test results and curves on the micro are displayed on the colour touch screen and, if required, can be downloaded as a PDF for printing, filing and manual uploading to electronic medical record (EMR) systems. The new GLI spirometry predicted equations and Z-Scores are built in.
Low cost, entry-level model from the leader in general healthcare and occupational health spirometry test devices
Durable measurement technology
NO need for expensive disposable sensors, turbines, spirettes or flow tubes
NO user calibration required
Optimal hygiene via Vitalograph Bacterial Viral Filters (BVF)
Touchscreen for simple and intuitive operation
Includes Vitalograph Reports Software for creating editable PDF reports (for printing, filing and uploading to electronic medical record (EMR) systems)
Features latest GLI spirometry predicted equations and Z-scores
Includes custom USB connector cable and Vitalograph Reports software on CD
Self Help Tips for Living With Asthma
Getting diagnosed with asthma can be daunting. Though with the right medication and care, asthma patients can stay fit, healthy and lead a normal life. As well as taking your regular asthma medication, there are certain lifestyle habits you can adopt and things to avoid that can help reduce asthma symptoms and the chances of an attack occurring.
1. Don’t smoke
As Asthma.org warns, smoking and breathing in other people’s smoke aggravates asthma and makes it worse in the long-term as it causes damage to the lungs that is permanent. In fact such is the negative impact smoking has on asthma sufferers that 82 percent of people with the respiratory condition inform Asthma.org that tobacco smoke affects their asthma.
Breathing in smoke, either first or second-hand, can also trigger an asthma attack. As Dr Mike Thomas from Asthma UK told NHS.uk:
“Smoke acts as an irritant and can trigger asthma attacks. It makes inhaled medicine less effective. As a result, you’re likely to need to take bigger doses of inhaled steroid medication.”
2. Avoid being exposed to asthma triggers
Numerous things can trigger asthma and one person’s triggers might be considerably different to another’s. Some of the most common asthma triggers include animal hair, pollen, airborne irritants, such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, pollution in the atmosphere and chemical fumes.
An asthma sufferer usually knows what environments can trigger their asthma and can therefore do their best to avoid being exposed to such “asthma triggers.”
HealthCare4All have a whole range of products to aid allergy issues such as Humidifiers, Qu-Chi Acupressure Bands, or Bionette Electronic Allergy Hayfever Relief Device.
Take a look at Healthcare4All.co.uk for many more options!
3. Wrap up in cold weather
Cold weather can have a serious impact on asthma, so much so that according to Asthma UK, three quarters of people who have the condition say that cold air can trigger their symptoms. Cher Piddock, an Asthma UK nurse, warns of the dangers cold weather can have on people with asthma:
“Hospital admissions for asthma traditionally peak during periods of particularly cold weather. This can be due to breathing cold air into the lungs, which can in turn trigger asthma, as well as picking up colds and flu.”
It is therefore important that if you do have to go out in very cold weather, to wrap up warm and cover up your nose and mouth with a scarf. You should also have an asthma inhaler close by.
4. Keep pets out of bedrooms
As animal fur is a key asthma trigger it is wise to keep pets out of bedrooms. As well as keeping pets out of bedrooms, try and keep them off the furniture so if you are prone to asthma attacks you are not in direct contact with the pet hair.
5. Reduce stress
As Health Communities inform, worry and intense emotions can intensify asthma symptoms. Consequently it is important for people with asthma to try and relieve feelings of stress and worry and make time for doing things that they enjoy and helps them relax.
6. Use precautionary respiratory aids
Respiratory aids can be an effective way to help asthma sufferers breathe more easily. For example, the Salitair Inhaler Therapy Asthma and Allergy, a clinically tested pipe that is filled with salt crystals that provide a salty microclimate, can effectively calm and cleanse the cells of the respiratory system to aid easier breathing.
If you do suffer from this condition in which 5.4 million people in Britain alone are currently receiving treatment for, it is important that you keep asthma inhalers and other medication for the respiratory condition close by.
To find out more about treating asthma visit the NHS.uk Asthma treatment page.
For more advice and tips about different aspects of our health and wellbeing, keep returning to Healthcare4all.co.uk’s regularly updated blog.
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