New York Patent of the Month – September 2023
Nanotronics Health, LLC, a subsidiary of Nanotronics, is leveraging Intelligent Factory Control (IFC) to build affordable and reliable medical devices. With this approach, the company has developed and patented a new non-invasive positive airway pressure (PAP) device, marketed as nHale™.
Non-invasive ventilation is often used for patients experiencing respiratory distress or suffering from conditions such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). Nanotronics Health’s solution includes a blower capable of delivering a carefully calibrated vapor to the patient. What sets this device apart is its versatility, with the primary housing being configurable between two positions.
In the first position, a lid selectively shields a second electronic connection portion, ensuring the device remains secure and protected during transportation or storage. However, when switched to the second position, the outer edge of the primary housing takes over, forcefully opening the lid and allowing the first electronic connection portion to mate with the second electronic connection portion. This ingenious design simplifies the setup process, making it more user-friendly for both patients and healthcare providers.
The device incorporates advanced sensors that measure both pressure and temperature in real time, ensuring precise therapy delivery and patient comfort. This data is then communicated to a controller that fine-tunes the therapy based on the patient’s needs, thereby optimizing treatment effectiveness.
The humidification system within the device includes a water reservoir and a heating plate, ensuring that the delivered vapor is appropriately conditioned for patient comfort. In addition, an ultraviolet light sterilizes the liquid, enhancing hygiene during therapy sessions.
Safety is a top priority, as demonstrated by the inclusion of a valve that prevents asphyxiation during therapy, providing peace of mind for patients and their caregivers.
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