Most clinicians will have encountered patients with airway obstruction where conventional treatment regimes have been inadequate, resulting in serious patient discomfort, escalating intervention, or admission to ICU.
Airway obstruction may result from a number of diseases, and can affect both the upper and lower airways. HELIOX21 is a medical gas that rapidly reduces the respiratory effort associated with airway obstruction and therefore can reduce the work of breathing, which will improve patient comfort.
It can be used to assist the flow of oxygen into the alveoli of patients with severe respiratory obstruction. Typical examples include:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Foreign body aspiration
Post extubation or bronchoscopy
Symptoms resulting from a tumour
There are no contraindications for the use of HELIOX21.
BenefitsHelium/oxygen mixtures augment, rather than replace, conventional treatments. HELIOX21 does not directly treat the cause of a respiratory condition, but can help relieve symptoms by improving gas exchange in the alveoli, buying time for conventional clinical treatments to take effect.