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In Latvia Today, 10:03 Latvian scientists and doctors have created a device for patient breathing control

Latvian scientists and doctors have created a device that will help control the condition of the patient’s respiratory system and timely adjust oxygen supply to patients with severe lung and respiratory diseases, PSKUS representative Evija Mileiko informed.

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Latvian scientists and doctors have created a device that will help control the condition of the patient’s respiratory system and timely adjust oxygen supply to patients with severe lung and respiratory diseases, PSKUS representative Evija Mileiko informed.

The device was created by the cooperation of experts from Paul Stradins Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS), Riga Technical University and SIA “Hipnos”.

Non-invasive ventilation equipment is crucial when a person has respiratory problems. Equally important is the ability to detect changes in breathing quality in time. In PSKUS’ assessment, the currently available ventilation systems do not warn the medical staff about the deterioration of the patient’s breathing, nor do they suggest correction of treatment tactics – this currently happens when doctors constantly monitor each patient.

On the other hand, the new smart assistant will measure the parameters of a person’s exhalation and inhalation, reacting immediately to deterioration of breathing and offering correction of treatment tactics without the involvement of a doctor or nurse.

Patients in a stable condition with pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea or other similar diagnoses of severe respiratory diseases also participate in the development process of the new technology. While the patients are under the constant supervision of a doctor and a nurse, the most important functions of the body are observed and fixed, and the best treatment solutions are found for the training of the intelligent assistant.

Currently, the new device is being “trained” so that its decisions about treatment tactics coincide with the doctors’ decisions, informs Riga Technical University associate professor Dmitrijs Blizņuks. The next step will be to make sure that the technology handles decisions in more serious treatment episodes in the 14th intensive care unit of Stradiņa Hospital. The inventors of the device are optimistic, and in their opinion, the new device will not only improve the quality and timeliness of treatment, but will also relieve the work of medical staff, as it will be possible to provide quality help to several instead of one patient.

On the other hand, Artis Svaža, the manager of SIA “Hipnos”, emphasizes that the device will soon be commercialized and put into practice both in hospitals and for people’s private use, and it will be several times cheaper and more convenient than the devices available so far.

The device is developed, tested and validated in a project with the support of the European Regional Development Fund and the State Budget.

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