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Valved Holding Chambers

A Tidholm, A Bodegård-Westling, K Höglund, J Häggström, I Ljungvall
BACKGROUND: Effective regurgitant orifice area (EROA), calculated from the vena contracta width (VCW) as the narrowest portion of the proximal regurgitant jet, might be used to estimate severity of mitral regurgitation. However, this simplified assumption only holds when the EROA is circular, which might not be true in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). HYPOTHESIS: Effective regurgitant orifice area in dogs with MMVD is noncircular, and using color Doppler real-time 3-dimensional (RT3D) echocardiography, measured EROA in the en face view will be significantly different from calculated EROA...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Ariel Berlinski, Dirk von Hollen, Ross H M Hatley, Lucy E A Hardaker, Kurt Nikander
BACKGROUND: Valved holding chambers (VHCs) are used in children to deliver pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDI). In vitro data suggest that uncoordinated use decreases the amount of drug available for inhalation. We hypothesize that in an ex vivo study, the coordinated maneuver will deliver more drug than the uncoordinated one. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-two clinically stable asthmatic children, ages 5-8 years, completed the study. An aerosol filter was interposed between a small-volume nonelectrostatic VHC and a mouthpiece to capture the drug emitted by one puff of Flovent(®) 220 mcg during tidal breathing...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
Jonathan Dugernier, Michel Hesse, Rita Vanbever, Virginie Depoortere, Jean Roeseler, Jean-Bernard Michotte, Pierre-François Laterre, François Jamar, Gregory Reychler
PURPOSE: To compare in vivo the total and regional pulmonary deposition of aerosol particles generated by a new system combining a vibrating-mesh nebulizer with a specific valved holding chamber and constant-output jet nebulizer connected to a corrugated tube. METHODS: Cross-over study comparing aerosol delivery to the lungs using two nebulizers in 6 healthy male subjects: a vibrating-mesh nebulizer combined with a valved holding chamber (Aerogen Ultra®, Aerogen Ltd...
November 7, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Jennifer L H Johnson, Danielle Guthrie, Joel Hyde, Thomas Hanson, Kelly Karlage, Paul B Myrdal
BACKGROUND: Three albuterol sulfate metered-dose inhaled (MDI) products (Ventolin HFA, Proventil HFA, and ProAir HFA) are marketed in the United States to provide the same total dose of albuterol sulfate. However, it is widely known that the fine particle dose (<5 μm) is the portion of the particle distribution that actually reaches the lungs and provides therapeutic benefit. OBJECTIVE: To examine the differences in particle size between products and how a valved holding chamber (VHC) can mitigate possible adverse effects...
September 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Stefania Scarsoglio, Andrea Saglietto, Fiorenzo Gaita, Luca Ridolfi, Matteo Anselmino
BACKGROUND: Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. METHODS: We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF...
2016: PeerJ
Sally Schoessler, Tonya Winders
Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases managed by school nurses, and its management often includes the administration of bronchodilators delivered via a metered dose inhaler (MDI). The use of an MDI requires coordination and mastery of steps that must be performed correctly and in the proper order. These steps are greatly enhanced, especially in the pediatric population, through the use of medical devices-spacers and valved holding chambers. The purpose of this article is to review the rationale and implications for the use of these devices in the school setting...
July 2016: NASN School Nurse
David J Kinahan, Sinéad M Kearney, Niamh A Kilcawley, Philip L Early, Macdara T Glynn, Jens Ducrée
Here we present retrieval of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells by density-gradient medium based centrifugation for subsequent analysis of the leukocytes on an integrated microfluidic "Lab-on-a-Disc" cartridge. Isolation of white blood cells constitutes a critical sample preparation step for many bioassays. Centrifugo-pneumatic siphon valves are particularly suited for blood processing as they function without need of surface treatment and are 'low-pass', i.e., holding at high centrifugation speeds and opening upon reduction of the spin rate...
2016: PloS One
Ariel Berlinski, Brandy Cooper
BACKGROUND: Some pediatric tracheostomized patients who receive inhaled drugs undergo decannulation, and it is unknown whether the dose has to be adjusted. Pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) and soft mist inhalers (SMIs) used with valved holding chambers (VHCs) made of non-electrostatic material are available. We hypothesized that using an SMI and changing the delivery route from tracheostomy to oronasal would increase lung dose. METHODS: Four units of a metallic VHC were studied with albuterol hydrofluoroalkane (pMDI) and albuterol/ipratropium bromide with an SMI using an anatomically correct in vitro model of a 5-y-old spontaneously breathing tracheostomized child...
July 2016: Respiratory Care
Steven C Nichols, Jolyon P Mitchell, Dennis Sandell, Patrik U Andersson, Manfred Fischer, Markus Howald, Roy Pengilley, Phillip Krüger
Fine particle dose (FPD) is a critical quality attribute for orally inhaled products (OIPs). The abbreviated impactor measurement (AIM) concept simplifies its measurement, provided there is a validated understanding of the relationship with the full resolution pharmacopoeial impactor (PIM) data for a given product. This multi-center study compared fine particle dose determined using AIM and PIM for five dry powder inhaler (DPIs) and two pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) products, one of which included a valved holding chamber (VHC)...
December 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Mark Sanders, Ronald Bruin
The introduction of pressurised metered dose inhalers (MDIs) in the mid-1950s completely transformed respiratory treatment. Despite decades of availability and healthcare support and development of teaching aids and devices to promote better use, poor pMDI user technique remains a persistent issue. The main pMDI user aid is the spacer/valved holding chamber (VHC) device. Spacer/chamber features (size, shape, configuration, construction material, and hygiene considerations) can vie with clinical effectiveness (to deliver the same dose as a correctly used pMDI), user convenience, cost, and accessibility...
2015: Pulmonary Medicine
Jessica L Rice, Kristen M Matlack, Marsha D Simmons, Jonathan Steinfeld, Margaret A Laws, Mark E Dovey, Robyn T Cohen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of LEAP, a volunteer-based, inpatient asthma education program for families of inner-city children with asthma. METHODS: 711 children ages 2-17 years admitted with status asthmaticus were randomized to receive usual care or usual care plus a supplemental education intervention. Both groups completed a baseline interview. Trained volunteer lay educators conducted individualized bedside education with the intervention group. Primary outcome was attendance at a post-hospitalization follow-up visit 7-10 days after discharge...
June 29, 2015: Patient Education and Counseling
Deborah Bickmann, Wolfgang Kamin, Ashish Sharma, Herbert Wachtel, Petra Moroni-Zentgraf, Stefan Zielen
BACKGROUND: Aerosol therapy in young children can be difficult. A realistic model based on handling studies and in vitro investigations can complement clinical deposition studies and be used to enable dose-to-the-lung (DTL) predictions. METHODS: Predictions on dose delivery to the lung were based on (1) representative inhalation flow profiles from children enrolled in a Respimat(®) handling study, (2) in vitro measurement of the fine-particle DTL using mouth-throat models derived from nuclear magnetic resonance/computed tomography (NMR/CT) scans of children, and (3) a mathematical model to predict the tiotropium DTL...
June 22, 2015: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
Divya Stephen, Manju Vatsa, Rakesh Lodha, S K Kabra
BACKGROUND: Information on the comparative efficacy of single deep breathing versus tidal breathing for inhaled asthma medications is limited, although such information can be of much use for the treatment of patients suffering from asthma. The objective of the present study was to compare the relative difference in improvement in peak expiratory flow (PEF) with single maximal inhalation with breath-holding versus 5 tidal breaths during inhalation of salbutamol from a pressurized metered dose inhaler (pMDI) with valved holding chamber (VHC) in children 5-15 y of age with asthma...
December 2015: Respiratory Care
Catherine A O'Malley
Aerosol delivery equipment used to administer inhaled medications includes the nebulizer, positive expiratory pressure devices added to the nebulizer, and valved holding chambers (spacers). These devices are semi-critical medical devices, and as such, infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines recommend that they be cleaned, disinfected, rinsed with sterile water, and air-dried. There is confusion surrounding the care of aerosol devices because of inconsistencies in the various published IPC guidelines, lack of a standard of practice among institutions and respiratory therapists (RTs), and manufacturer's instructions for use of these devices are not always compatible with guidelines or practice...
June 2015: Respiratory Care
Jennifer Walsh, Marie-Christine Math, Jörg Breitkreutz, Thomas Zerback, Herbert Wachtel
Medical devices are crucial for the proper administration of paediatric medicines to children, but handling and dosing errors commonly appear in daily practice. As both the understanding and the usage of medical devices for oral and respiratory drug administration are heterogeneous among patients and caregivers, the European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI) consortium performed a European survey among healthcare professional stakeholders in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and UK. The results show country- and age-dependent usage of devices for oral administration of liquid formulations, with a clear preference for oral droppers and syringes in the neonatal phase and in early infancy...
August 15, 2015: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Wolfgang Kamin, Marion Frank, Sabine Kattenbeck, Petra Moroni-Zentgraf, Herbert Wachtel, Stefan Zielen
BACKGROUND: Respimat(®) Soft Mist(™) Inhaler (SMI) is a hand-held device that generates an aerosol with a high, fine-particle fraction, enabling efficient lung deposition. The study objective was to assess inhalation success among children using Respimat SMI, and the requirement for assistance by the parent/caregiver and/or a valved holding chamber (VHC). METHODS: This open-label study enrolled patients aged <5 years with respiratory disease and history of coughing and/or recurrent wheezing...
October 2015: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
Piotr Kuna, Mirco Govoni, Germano Lucci, Mario Scuri, Daniela Acerbi, Iwona Stelmach
AIM: The aim was to investigate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of an extrafine pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) fixed combination of beclometasone dipropionate (BDP)/formoterol fumarate (FF) in adolescent and adult asthma. METHODS: This was a three-way crossover study, on 30 asthmatic adolescents receiving BDP/FF pMDI with or without a valved holding chamber (VHC) or a free licenced combination of BDP pMDI and FF pMDI plus a parallel arm of 30 asthmatic adults receiving BDP/FF pMDI...
September 2015: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Teck Long King, Evelyn Kui Yee Kho, Yiek Hung Tiong, Siti Norhajariah Binti Julaihi
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to evaluate whether multimedia counselling (MC) using a touchscreen computer is as effective and time-efficient as conventional counselling (CC) in promoting correct metered-dose inhaler (MDI) technique, with or without the valved holding chamber (VHC). METHODS: Participants in the MDI-only and MDI-with-VHC groups were randomly assigned to the MC group or CC group. No blinding was imposed. Inhalation technique was assessed using checklists before and after counselling...
February 2015: Singapore Medical Journal
Trent Larson, Ravindra Gudavalli, Dean Prater, Scott Sutton
Respiratory inhalers constitute a large percentage of hospital pharmacy expenditures. Metered-dose inhaler (MDI) canisters usually contain enough medication to last 2 to 4 weeks, while the average hospital stay for acute hospitalizations of respiratory illnesses is only 4-5 days. Hospital pharmacies are often unable to operationalize relabeling of inhalers at discharge to meet regulatory requirements. This dilemma produces drug wastage. The common canister (CC) approach is a method some hospitals implemented in an effort to minimize the costs associated with this issue...
April 2015: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Jolyon P Mitchell
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September 26, 2014: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
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