Patients breathe easier with help from innovative technology at Goshen Hospital

05/17/2018

Anyone who suffers from asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) knows how hard it can be to take a deep breath. Oftentimes the lungs can’t do their job without therapy or even invasive treatments.

That’s why Goshen Hospital purchased an innovative device called a MetaNeb® System for patients with respiratory issues. The system helps the lungs expand and clears secretions like mucus from the airway. It also delivers medicated aerosols during inhalation treatment to open and expand airways.

“It’s a less invasive therapy and takes less time for the patient,” said Ron Cable, respiratory education and clinical coordinator at Goshen Health.

Patients receive three therapies at one time – volume expansion, secretion clearance and nebulizer therapy. The therapy can take as little as 10 minutes. Its compact design also takes up less space at the patient’s bedside.

Returning home sooner
The 3-in-1 therapy proved the turning point for one recent patient at Goshen Hospital. When her respiratory condition flared up, she faced the possibility of a more invasive respiratory treatment called a bronchoscopy to help her breathe better. Instead, her doctor added treatment with the MetaNeb device to other conventional respiratory therapies. Within three days, her symptoms cleared and she was released from the hospital.

Expanding respiratory therapy options
Goshen Hospital first tested the MetaNeb system in December 2017. After seeing improved lung function among patients, the hospital made a decision to purchase the device. Therapy with the MetaNeb device is suitable for patients of all ages.

Respiratory therapists use the therapy for patients after surgery as well as with patients who have chronic conditions or diseases, such as COPD, chronic bronchitis and cystic fibrosis. Depending on the patient’s condition, the therapy can be delivered by mouthpiece, mask, trach or in-line with a ventilator.

As the therapy works to clear and open airways, it also can minimize infections, reduce time a patient spends on a ventilator, shorten lengths of stay in the hospital and lower medical costs.

Respiratory therapists like Cable use a host of treatment options to help patients breathe easier. Inhalers and nebulizers deliver medications to open the airways. Chest therapies use gravity, vibration and percussion – or clapping on the chest – to move secretions through the airway. More invasive treatments include bronchoscopies and other surgeries to clear airways.