The DIAGNOSTIC Lung Flute is designed to be an alternative to hypertonic saline for sputum induction in respiratory diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia, Lung Cancer, Tuberculosis and Asthma.
Lung Flute features include:
A low frequency acoustic wave is generated at the mouth by exhaling through a mouthpiece over a laminar surface (Reed) inside the Lung Flute.
The resulting low frequency acoustic wave that is produced travels retrograde into the lower airways and lung parenchyma and increases mucociliary clearance.
Patients expel air with the force required to blow out a single candle. 20 repetitions of a single two breath pattern are performed with the device to complete a diagnostic session.
Clinical Results for Sputum Induction in Tuberculosis
Background and Objective: The Lung Flute is a small self-powered audio device that generates sound waves, which vibrate in tracheobronchial secretions. This was a preliminary trial to evaluate the usefulness of the Lung Flute for sputum sampling in patients suspected of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).
Methods: Thirty-four patients who were not expectorating sputum, but for whom sputum examination was required for the differential diagnosis of TB or other diseases, were enrolled in the study. Patients were instructed to blow out fast and hard through the Lung Flute and to repeat this for a total 20 sets of two blows each.
Results: Using the Lung Flute, sputum samples were collected within 10 or 20 minutes from 30 of 34 patients (88%). The device permitted a rapid diagnosis of TB in seven of 15 confirmed TB cases. In three patients acidfast bacillus smears were positive. In four patients acid-fast bacillus smears were negative, but PCR tests for TB were positive. Hyperventilation-related symptoms occurred in three patients.
Conclusions: The application of the Lung Flute may represent a promising technique for the rapid diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
The Lung Flute is a safe, effective, convenient and rapid method of sputum induction.
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EasyOne Diagnostic Spirometers, Bedfont Smokerlyzer CO (Carbon Monoxide) Monitors, Bedfont ToxCO Monitors for CO (Carbon Monoxide) Poisoning, Vapotherm High-Flow Humidification via Nasal Cannula, EasyOne Pro Portable DLCO System, Mini-Wright Digital FEV1 / PEF Meters, Hans Rudolph Volume Calibration Syringes, One Way Valve Mouthpieces, LiteAire Disposable Cardboard Spacers, Ultrasonic Nebulisers, Portable Ultrasonic Nebuliser, Sidestream and Ventstream Jet Nebulisers, Porta-Neb Compressor System, Sidestream Jet Nebuliser Kits, System 22 Aerosol / Oxygen Mask Kits and Tracheostomy Masks.