Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is the first line of therapy in respiratory insufficiency or failure, commonly seen with COPD, CHF1,2, Asthma3, pneumonia4, or ARDS.5 In addition, NIV is utilized to wean patients off mechanical ventilation. However, many patients struggle to tolerate NIV therapy because the mask causes dry-mouth, phlegm build-up, and difficulty communicating.6-8 Mask intolerance is a major cause of NIV failure.9 NIV failure can result in increased length of stay and poor outcomes.
Patient discomfort often results in the removal of the mask by clinicians or patients in order to provide relief. However, this may lead to alveolar collapse10 and worsening respiratory status. Frequent removal and replacement of the mask can lead to improper fitting that can cause pressure injuries.
ReddyPort® products promote NIV success by helping improve tolerance, empower clinicians and patients
with simplified oral access while maintaining therapeutic pressure without mask removal.
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.
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