Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is the first line of therapy in respiratory insufficiency or failure, commonly seen with COPD, CHF1,2, Asthma3, pneumonia4, or ARDS5. In addition, NIV is utilized to wean patients off of mechanical ventilation. However, many patients struggle because the mask causes dry-mouth, phlegm build-up, and the inability to communicate. This frustrates both patients and caregivers, often resulting in the removal of the mask to resolve issues, despite the risks of alveolar collapse and mask re-fitting which can lead to pressure injuries.
Being able to clean the mouth is such a blessing. She cannot be removed from the mask because of shortness of breath. We are very happy."
– Patient’s family
Adult Female with Respiratory Failure fromPneumonia/Pulmonary Edema, DNI status
For the last few days, my father has been very uncomfortable and distressed from a dry mouth and thirst. ReddyPort™ was placed on him today and I can already see that he is much happier. I have been providing him with a wet sponge through the adapter and he is very comfortable. I don't have to call the nurse or respiratory therapist frequently. I feel like I can participate in the care of my father."
– Karen, daughter of the patient
Adult male with end stage COPD on NPPV for 5 days, on 80% oxygen, using it for 20-22 hrs/day.
I have been on BiPAP for 10 days and can only come off for few minutes at a time. My mouth is crusty all the time and nurses take a while to come to my bedside to remove mask and give me a sip of water. I had ReddyPort™ fixed on my mask yesterday and this made a tremendous difference to me. My wife can give me a sponge with soda and I get an immense relief from thirst, without having to remove the mask. This is great.”
– Richard, patient
Adult male with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on NPPV.