People with COPD

Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are treated with oxygen...
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina
The management of chronic stable COPD always includes smoking cessation and oxygen therapy.
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina

 

According to the American Lung Association, there are approximately 30 million Americans with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Of those: (i) approximately 16 Million are Diagnosed; (ii) approximately 14 Million are Undiagnosed; and (iii) approximately 1.6 Million on Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT).

COPD is a term which refers to a large group of lung diseases characterized by obstruction of air flow that interferes with normal breathing. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most important conditions that compose COPD and they frequently coexist, according to the American Lung Association's “Trends in COPD,” dated April 2009. COPD is the fourth-ranked cause of death in the United States. Oxygen supplementation is one of the few known effective treatments for a COPD exacerbation. Similar to a severe asthma attack, these individuals never know when or where they will be when an exacerbation may occur. OxySure's Model 615 provides a portable, non-battery driven source of oxygen that will allow those with COPD to bridge the gap between the onset of an exacerbation and the availability of emergency care.

What is COPD?

According to the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina, COPD is a subset of obstructive lung diseases that also includes cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and asthma. COPD is characterized by degeneration and destruction of the lung and supporting tissue, processes that result in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or both. Emphysema begins with small airway disease and progresses to alveolar destruction, with a predominance of small airway narrowing and mucous gland hyperplasia.

How are COPD exacerbations manifested?

Exacerbations of COPD typically manifest as increased sputum production, more purulent sputum and worsening of dyspnea.

Can a short duration of emergency oxygen harm a COPD patient?

There is no available evidence of this risk. OxySure Model 615 is cleared by the FDA "For Emergency Use" - no carve-outs or exceptions.

Is OxySure appropriate for COPD patients on Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT)?

OxySure does not replace existing modalities for LTOT patients (concentrators, tanks, etc). OxySure is for emergency/short duration use. During civil emergencies however, such as hurricanes, storms, tornadoes and the like, OxySure can serve as a standby device during blackouts and brownouts when the electricity supply is interrupted and power for concentrators (or charging of batteries of concentrators) is not available or is interrupted.

 

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