PneumaCare SLP Technology in Holby City

Did you know our innovative Structured Light Plethysmography (SLP) Technology appeared in an episode of Holby City, or that our imaging technology was originally developed for the movies? You can watch episode 18 of series 23 here.

You can see our technology approximately 11min 30sec into the episode. #SLP#HolbyCity

 


PneumaCare® announce the launch of their COPD Clinical Study

PneumaCare® Ltd are excited to announce the launch of their COPD (COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) clinical study.  The study is a nationwide, comparative, multi-centered study designed to validate PneumaCare’s unique patented SLP based technology (Structured Light Plethysmography) against the current gold standard of care – spirometry.

The company’s mission is to provide a zero-contact, non-aerosol generating technology to actively assess lung function and to create diagnostic pathways in order to establish an enhanced standard of care. This pivotal study will focus on two objectives:

  • Firstly, to determine SLP parameters in patients diagnosed with COPD and compare them with the results from the SLP normative values and the data collated from healthy smokers.
  • Secondly, to validate SLP parameters for diagnosing patients diagnosed or suspected with COPD in comparison with spirometry results.

In the first stage of the study, PneumaCare will develop algorithms and parameters to predict FEV1 (the maximum amount of air forcefully exhaled in one second) and the final set of parameters will be validated in the second stage.

PneumaCare’s CEO Bart Lewin states,” If favorable results are achieved from the planned study, we envisage this will be an exciting time for the company, as it will further demonstrate that our SLP technology can be fully integrated into the UK’s health care system.

PneumaCare’s ambitious plan through this study is to establish an SLP based new standard of care to assist clinicians in the diagnosis of COPD. Specifically, to provide optimal algorithms to support a clear pathway to diagnosis.”

The first part of the study was initiated in May 2021, in Liverpool, one of the 6 investigational sites nationwide.  A total of 500 subjects will be enrolled over the two-stage study.  The study is expected to complete at the end of 2022.  Please visit ClinicalTrial.GOV website for more information.

 

Breaking new ground, PneumaCare® Ltd are at the forefront in changing the face of assessment in the respiratory field advancing non-contact, non-aerosol generating tidal breathing assessments. Using Thora-3Di®, patients can be assessed while breathing naturally and without contact.

Thora-3Di® and PneumaView™ are already being used in a range of hospital environments from paediatric through to surgical assessment and adult intensive care.  Further applications of PneumaCare’s proprietary Structured Light Plethysmography technology, currently in development with academics and clinicians, include dysfunctional breathing & COVID-19, pre & post-surgery applications.

For further information about the company and how our technology could support your organisation please visit www.pneumacare.com or contact us customerservice@pneumacare.com


PneumaCare® unveil a company rebrand in preparation for exciting 2021 clinical trial launch

PneumaCare® Limited, a Cambridge based medical device company, today unveiled a major rebrand in the forms of a new logo, colour scheme, and a major upgrade to the website. This change in identity reflects the recent evolution of the company.  PneumaCare® is preparing to begin two major clinical trials in the areas of using our technology to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dysfunctional breathing (DB) in 2021.

 

 

Bart Lewin, CEO of PneumaCare® states, “PneumaCare® is at an exciting crossroads.  We are embarking on a pivotal COPD clinical trial this year that could establish our SLP technology as a powerful yet gentle diagnostic procedure with significant advantages over traditional methods.

Furthermore, in 2021 we will see the launch of our dysfunctional breathing study, which when combined with the COPD clinical trial, has the promise to establish PneumaCare® as a leader in breathing assessment.

The global pandemic has changed the face of healthcare; in many cases requiring new diagnostic treatment pathways for care providers and patients.   Our system, the Thora-3Di®, provides a non-contact, non-invasive and more importantly, a non-aerosol generating lung function assessment procedure.”

Breaking new ground, PneumaCare® Ltd are at the forefront in changing the face of assessment in the respiratory field advancing non-contact, non-aerosol generating tidal breathing assessments. Using Thora-3Di®, patients can be assessed while breathing naturally and without contact.

For further information about the company and how our technology could support your organisation please visit www.pneumacare.com or contact us customerservice@pneumacare.com


Feasibility of Structured Light Plethysmography (SLP) in patients with Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The clinical manifestations of COVID-19 range from mild upper respiratory tract illnesses to progressive severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, multi-organ failure, and death. Measures to control the impact of the virus have affected job security, social contact and challenged health services, medical practices and policies. The health service has been radically mobilised to respond to the acute needs of patients infected with the virus at the same time as delivering scaled-back non-COVID-19 healthcare. In many surgical specialties, the management of perioperative patients has changed, with greater focus on remote triage through virtual consultations. However, the pre-operative evaluation of surgical candidates must happen at the clinic. One important aspect of pre-operative evaluation prior to thoracic surgery is pulmonary function testing (PFT), traditionally measured by conventional spirometry.

Understandably, concern has been raised that PFT represents a potential avenue for increased COVID-19 transmission due to increased viral dissemination. The healthcare sector is calling upon novel technology to replace PFT with a non-aerosol-generating alternative.

Structured Light Plethysmography (SLP) (PneumaCare Thora-3Di systems) has been proposed as a novel, non-contact, non-invasive method of assessing lung function. SLP offers real-time regional respiratory function via movement of the chest wall. This detailed information is translated into quantifiable pulmonary function outputs. SLP data may also be used to optimize non-invasive ventilatory settings. SLP has been able to successfully differentiate between the breathing patterns of healthy patients and those with COPD by mapping the thoracoabdominal displacement rate and accurately estimating inspiratory and expiratory flow (1). The ability to continuously measure these parameters may contribute to the safe weaning of patients from ventilatory support. Additionally, we hypothesise that SLP technology will allow clinicians to obtain measurements of breathing patterns that are closer to ecological conditions than those derived from spirometry measurements.

Our centre is currently trialling SLP in the work-up of pre-operative cardiothoracic patients. We feel it is intuitive to use and, therefore, does not require trained technicians, resulting in increased patient throughput and lower costs to the department. Importantly, SLP offers clinicians continuous measurement of mechanical chest wall displacement, a surrogate marker for fatigability and neuromuscular strength.

For the aforementioned reasons, we feel that SLP is a viable alternative to spirometry, especially in the current pandemic. Spirometry remains the gold-standard PFT, however, and the field would certainly benefit from studies evaluating the sensitivity, specificity and clinical validity of SLP in impairment detection, against gold-standard PFT.


Authors:

Natalie Simon M.Sc. MBBS
Academic Foundation Doctor, Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust

Manish Soni, MBBS
Specialist Registrar
Bart’s Heart Centre St Bartholomew's Hospital

Trudy Kolvekar, MSc BSc
Bart’s Heart Centre St Bartholomew's Hospital

Amir Khosravi MD MRCS FRCSCTh
Senior Specialist Registrar Bart’s Heart Centre St Bartholomew's Hospital

Shyam Kolvekar MBBS, MS, MCh, FRCPS, FRCS, FRCSCTh
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Lead, Chest Wall Surgery Bart’s Heart Centre St Bartholomew's Hospital Hon. Associate Professor, University College London. West Smithfield London EC1A 7BE
PA: Rukia Khanom T:02034658689 rukia.khanom@nhs.net s.kolvekar@ucl.ac.uk


References:

  1. Motamedi-Fakhr S, Iles R, Barney A, De Boer W, Conlon J, Khalid A, Wilson RC. Evaluation of the agreement of tidal breathing parameters measures simultaneously using pneumotachography and structured light plethysmography. Physiological Reports. 2017;5(3): e13124 10.14814/phy2.13124

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