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Lung Flute

Lung Flute

The FDA-cleared Lung Flute is the only product that uses sound vibration to stimulate your body's natural mucus-clearing system – effectively thinning and dislodging mucus deep in the lungs so that it's easier to cough up. The small, reusable, plastic device is non-invasive, easy to use and drug-free – just blow into the mouthpiece and the device will do the rest.


Clinical tests have proven the Lung Flute's ability to break up mucus in the lungs, making it equally effective for both therapeutic and diagnostic use.


Unlike other devices, which rely on pressure and can't reach deep lung mucus, the Lung Flute's technology is based on low-frequency acoustic waves that are produced when you blow into the flute-shaped device.

 

The revolutionary Lung Flute.

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A first in secretion mobilization and induction

DUAL USE: The Lung Flute is the only device FDA cleared for both diagnostic (where sputum samples are used)and therapeutic secretion mobilization.

Acoustic waves stimulate the body's natural secretion - clearing system

The Lung Flute uses patented low-frequency acoustic wave technology for optimal secretion clearance and bronchial hygiene. The patient exhales through a mouthpiece over a reed inside the horn of the Lung Flute. The resulting acoustic wave travels retrograde into the lower airways and lung parenchyma, and increases mucociliary clearance.

Unlike conventional respiratory devices, the Lung Flute acoustic wave technology clears and mobilizes secretions deep in the lungs so they are easier to expectorate.

 

ADVANTAGES OF THE LUNG FLUTE:

  • Only device cleared by the FDA for both diagnostic and therapeutic use

Therapeutic Advantages:

  • Reusable, drug-free device provides an economical therapeutic option to meet patients' changing needs
  • Offers better results than standard vibration or PEP therapy – mobilizes secretions from deep within the lungs

Diagnostic Advantages:

  • Clinically proven to be a superior method to hypertonic saline: samples can be gathered as often as every hour; no bronchial inflammation or spasms
  • Minimally invasive technology produces reliable results
  • Rapid and convenient for practitioners and patients
 

LUNG FLUTE FOR HOSPITALS & CLINICS

The only device cleared by the FDA for the collection of diagnostic sputum samples

Induced sputum has many diagnostic applications, including:

  • Identification of infectious agents
  • Relief for secretion-related conditions
  • Identification of inflammatory markers
  • Genotyping of pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Early detection of lung cancer via DNA markers

 

Indications for Use:

The Lung Flute for Hospitals & Clinics is indicated for the collection of sputum samples for laboratory analysis and pathologic examination [FDA 510(k) K060439].

Clinical studies have shown that sputum induction with the Lung Flute for Hospitals & Clinics is safer, less time-consuming, more effective, and better tolerated by patients than hypertonic saline.

The Lung Flute for Hospitals & Clinics is a single-patient, disposable device that uses patented low-frequency acoustic wave technology to induce a sputum sample from deep within the lungs.

With the Lung Flute for Hospitals & Clinics, healthcare professionals can reduce the time, complexity, and side effects associated with the collection of lower airway sputum samples using saline induction.

Sputum samples induced by the Lung Flute for Hospitals & Clinics can be used to diagnose multiple pulmonary disease states such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, and tuberculosis.

Clinical studies have shown that sputum induction with the Lung Flute for Hospitals & Clinics is safe for patients with COPD, including very severe COPD.

 

LUNG FLUTE FOR HOME CARE

Offers better results than standard vibration or PEP therapy because it mobilizes secretions from deep within the lungs

Indications for Use:

The Lung Flute for Home Care is indicated for Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) therapy [FDA 510(k) K091557].

The Lung Flute is a non-invasive, drug-free, reusable device that uses patented low-frequency acoustic wave technology for optimal secretion clearance and bronchial hygiene. Unlike conventional respiratory devices that rely on pressure or pulsed air, the Lung Flute acoustic wave technology mobilizes and clears secretions deep in the lungs so they are easier to expectorate. With proper use, patients will experience more complete mobilization of secretions.

Positive Expiratory Pressure therapy can be used as a therapeutic tool for numerous pulmonary conditions, including:

COPD

Asthma

Emphysema

Chronic Bronchitis

Bronchiectasis

Cystic Fibrosis

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

Respiratory infections and Pneumonia

Seasonal respiratory influenza

Pulmonary rehab and case management

 

How to Operate:

The patient inhales a little deeper than normal, places his/her lips completely around the mouthpiece, and blows out through the Lung Flute as if trying to blow out a candle.

When the patient has finished exhaling, he/she will remove the mouthpiece from his/her mouth, quickly inhale again, put the mouthpiece back in his/her mouth, and blow gently through the Lung Flute.

The patient then removes the mouthpiece again and waits five seconds, taking several normal breaths.

In order to achieve the best results, the patient should aim for blowing into the Lung Flute for up to 20 sets of two blows per set.

As with any therapy, patients may need to begin slowly and build up the number of repetitions over time.

Approximately five minutes after the session has ended, mucus will have collected at the back of the patient's throat and he/she can start to cough vigorously.

The patient may notice thinned mucus collecting at the back of his/her throat for several hours after the session.

This is normal. A drink of water will wash away the mucus and can prevent minor throat irritation.