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A videogame that helps children with cystic fibrosis to take nebulizer treatments

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-06-15 17:23

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This can be a challenge for adults, but it’s especially difficult for energetic, short-attention span toddlers. So Kirsch, knowing how important these treatments are for his son, turned it into a game. Specifically, a videogame. He came up with and funded the making of a device that attaches to a nebulizer set and measures the pressure in the nebulizer tube. It then sends this info to a computer via USB, allowing the patient to control the results of a videogame by the speed and depth of his or her breathing.
The device is called the Jordi-Stick and there are currently two games for it. In one, kids pilot a hot air balloon and try to avoid obstacles. In the other, kids play an astronaut flying through space trying to collect items and avoid asteroids.
The device can be used with almost any nebulizer and the games allow you to set a target breathing rate and pressure to match each patient’s prescription.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2hJ8MDV

More info: http://www.jordistick.de

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83aYxv0HZjM

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Dieter Kirsch, from Germany, has a son - Jordi - who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Because the treatment is very tough to kids, the father invented a computer hame - The Jordi-Stick - to help his son take nebulizer treatments.

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