Aerobika* Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Device
The Aerobika* device helps to thin and loosen mucus, helping move it to the larger airways of your lungs, where it can be coughed out.
After a COPD exacerbation (flare-up) your lungs may be weakened putting you at risk of another. Unfortunately, healthcare statistics have indicated that 1 in 5 patients hospitalized for a COPD flare-up require re-hospitalization within 30 days.1
New study results show using the drug-free Aerobika* device within 30 days of a COPD flare-up significantly:
- Reduced ER visits and hospital stays by almost 30%2
- Reduced the use of Oral corticosteroids and antibiotics2
Previous studies showed:
- Improvement in Lung Function3
- Improvement in Ventilation3
- Improvement in Quality of Life4
1 Shah T, et al. Chest. 2016;150(4):916-926.
2 Burudpakdee C, et al. Pulmonary Therapy 2017;3(1):163-171
3 Svenningsen S et al. Journal of COPD 2016;13(1):66 – 74.
4 Stockley RA. Abstract presentations: COPD10, Birmingham, United Kingdom,2016. Chronic Obstr Pulm Dis. 2017;4(3): 225-246. doi: http://doi.org/10.15326/jcopdf.4.3.2017.0137
5 Harkness H, et al. Presented at: Canadian Respiratory Conference. April 23–25, 2015. Ottawa, Ontario
When you have COPD or Chronic Bronchitis, excess mucus can build-up in the lungs resulting in symptoms. As you exhale through the Aerobika* device, the airways are opened. As the airways open, vibrations help thin and loosen mucus which can then be expelled.
How to use the Aerobika* Device*
How to use the Aerobika* Device (extended version)
How to use the Aerobika* Device with a nebulizer.
The Aerobika* device disassembles into 4 parts for easy cleaning and can be washed in the dishwasher - watch this video to learn more.
Use Active Exhalation
Active exhalation can best be described as the type of effort required to start blowing up a balloon - but is not as forceful as blowing out candles. Keep your cheeks flat as you exhale.
Try a 'Huff Cough'
A 'huff cough' will help move mucus up and out of your lungs. Just like when you use your breath to create fog on a mirror, you would take a short, shallow breath and exhale forcefully with your mouth in an 'O' shape. Contact your healthcare professional if you need help with the proper technique.
When you have COPD or Chronic Bronchitis, excess mucus can build-up in the lungs resulting in symptoms. As you exhale through the device, the airways are opened. As the airways open, vibrations help thin and loosen mucus which can then be expelled.
The Aerobika* device is DRUG-FREE, and is designed to be an add-on therapy to your existing medications. You should continue to take your prescribed medications.
We recommend using the device twice daily in the morning and at night. Start with a few minutes, slowly moving up to 10 minutes at a time, as you are comfortable. The Aerobika* device is compact and portable and can easily go with you on your travels.
The following sections are included in the summary:
- The Problem with Airway Maintenance in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
An overview of the effect structure-function decline has on the airways of patients with COPD
- Studies Using the Aerobika* Device
In vitro and in vivo studies supporting the efficacy of the Aerobika* device
- Airway Maintenance in COPD, Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis
Articles addressing the use and efficacy of Airway Clearance Techniques as part of an overall therapy program in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis
International guidelines recommending the use of PEP and Oscillating PEP
Post-operative pulmonary complications (PPCs) are a major burden to the healthcare system. A new real-world study published in Pulmonary Therapy, indicates significant reductions in costs when using the Aerobika* oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) device in the postoperative care setting.