AeroChamber Plus® Flow-Vu® AVHC Named A Top 10 Innovation in Technology by AANMA

Top Ten Innovations in Technology Awards

We live in an era when most asthma and anaphylaxis suffering and deaths can be prevented. Technologies and medications are tools we and our medical care providers can use to live well – but only if we know they exist and learn how to use them!

Countless studies show that the right care delivered to the right patient at the right time prevents symptoms, saves lives, and reduces healthcare costs. It’s impossible to separate our medications from
the devices that deliver them or to manage asthma without the technologies to monitor them.

A panel of AANMA editors, board members, families, and volunteers recently took stock of the  innovations and technologies that have changed our world. It was an interesting and challenging process made more difficult by trying to narrow it down to the top 10 within the last 25 years!

The criteria? Must be FDA approved, no gimmicks, designed for the way patients live, and cost  effective. Our selection does not imply endorsement, paid advertisement or recommendation that you should change your current treatment plan or therapy. Award winners were recognized at AANMA’s 15th annual Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill event May 9 and 10.

AeroChamber Plus® Flow-Vu
® Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber
Aerosol MDIs may have revolutionized inhalation therapy; however, there was a whole new problem – teaching people how to get the medicine inside their lungs!

Specialized x-ray technology showed that if patients inhaled too fast or too slow, most of the  medication would stay in the mouth and throat and get swallowed, instead of being inhaled deeply into the airways. Respiratory engineers began testing ways to slow the propellant down while keeping medication particles afloat long enough to be inhaled over a matter of seconds.

Early spacer devices developed to direct the medication spray ranged from corrugated plastic tubing, plastic bags, and a football-like hollow contraption. They served a directional purpose but coordinating inhalation with the spray remained a problem.

In 1983, AeroChamber Valved Holding Chamber (Monaghan Medical Corporation) would offer the answer. It could trap and hold or suspend medication particles long enough to be inhaled over a matter of moments rather than split seconds. Designed for use with any standard MDI, the clear devices were also easy to keep clean.

Technology and patient-friendly updates included various sizes and colors with and without masks. Simple instructions were imprinted on the device. However, many parents and caregivers said they needed a way to make sure the patient inhaled the medication.

In 2010, AeroChamber Plus® Flow-Vu® Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber added the valve perched at the top of the device that moves only if the patient (child or adult) inhales deeply enough to empty the chamber. No more guessing. The whole device is about the size of a baby bottle but lighter weight.

The above is an excerpt from an article published in Allergy & Asthma Today. For the full article please see attached PDF from  ALLERGY & ASTHMA TODAY V O L U M E 1 0 , I S S U E 2 • S U M M E R 2 0 1 2