Patent application serial number 411679 has not been assigned to a company or institution.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates to respiratory therapy devices. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to hand-held respiratory therapy devices used for positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy.
"Hand-held devices used for PEP therapy are known. One known example is the ACAPELLA.RTM. Vibratory PEP Therapy System device marketed by
"What is needed, therefore, is a single device that has the capability of both standard and oscillatory PEP therapy and that, optionally, includes a nebulizer container connector that inhibits or minimizes the loss of nebulized medication to the atmosphere during patient exhalation. Such a device should be easy to use and packaged in a fairly compact manner so as to be hand-held."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention may comprise one or more of the features recited in the appended claims and/or the following features which each are considered to be optional and which, alone or in any combination, may comprise patentable subject matter:
"A respiratory therapy device may include a housing which may have a first port to receive a person's exhaled breath, a second port, and a third port. A standard positive expiratory pressure (PEP) device may be coupled to the second port. An oscillatory PEP device may be coupled to the third port. A manually operable valve member may be movable between a first position blocking the third port and allowing the person's exhaled breath to flow to the standard PEP device through the second port and a second position blocking the second port and allowing the person's exhaled breath to flow to the oscillatory PEP device through the third port.
"In some embodiments, the standard PEP device may include a tube, a knob, and a cylindrical stem extending from the knob. The cylindrical stem may have a hollow central passage, an open end, and a plurality of apertures communicating with the hollow central passage. The stem may be situated adjacent the tube and may be movable to select how many of the plurality of apertures of the cylindrical stem are exposed to an interior region of the tube thereby to change a flow resistance of the standard PEP device.
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