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Mother develops hands-free nebulizer for her son

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2018-02-21 10:14

About the solution

Erin wanted his son to be able to have some fun during treatments by using his iPod, but she was having trouble using the traditional solutions.

"He gets to play on his iPod during treatments, and with having to hold the nebulizer, he's only got one hand free to play games that mostly require two hands. He does this thing with his arm where he uses it as a ledge to balance the neb, but it usually falls or spills leaving both of us feeling frustrated. A mask would be a simple solution, but we'd graduated from a mask to a mouthpiece for deep breaths and deeper medication penetration into his lungs, and also for the opportunity to utilize the Aerobika for additional positive expiratory pressure, something that helps to open his floppy airways and allow him to cough out the junk that makes him sick. Anyway, you can't use a mask with the Aerobika, so we are left trying to find ways to allow him the simple pleasure of playing on his iPod during treatments while still receiving the full benefit of the treatment", the mother explained.

So she posted the following tweet: "Still #hackinghealthcare over here. Cannot find sustainable solution. Comfort & handsfree r priorities. #makers #cf". The community responded, Erin started prototyping and then the solution was ready to use.

Eric built a device using googles, a nebulizer mouthpiece and bubbles from a fish mask.

The instructions with all the steps for making this solution can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ES3npn

More info: http://bit.ly/2CbZhHG

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About the author

Erin Moore's son, Drew, suffers from cystic fibrosis and was six years old when his mother built him ISO, a hands-free nebulizer. She wanted him to be able to use his hands during treatment to hold handheld devices like an iPod. She wrote a tweet asking help from the crowd, and a few months later she came up with a solution.

Comments (3)

  • Zubi Aleena Sun, 06/16/2019 - 03:36

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  • petiteevasive Mon, 01/30/2023 - 01:57

    Although a mask would be the obvious choice, we've transitioned to a mouthpiece to allow for more effective inhalation and medication delivery, as well as the possibility of using the Aerobika to provide positive expiratory pressure, which opens his dilated airways and encourages him to cough up the yuck that's making him sick.

  • boatswaindrink Wed, 09/13/2023 - 08:57

    It is the combination of a nebulizer and air compressor. The most common system consists of a nebulizer and an air compressor that sits on a table and is powered by a wall outlet.

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