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Percussive Chest Therapy Garment Having Variable Dampening

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249204D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-09
Document File: 14 page(s) / 83K

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Abstract

According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a high frequency chest wall oscillation apparatus comprises a garment, a plurality of oscillation assemblies, and a controller. The plurality of oscillation assemblies are supported by the garment. Each oscillator assembly includes an actuator and an adjustable dampener. The controller includes a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor, the memory device including instructions that, when processed by the processor, cause the adjustable dampener to be adjusted to modify the force transmitted from the actuator to the patient. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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PERCUSSIVE CHEST THERAPY GARMENT HAVING VARIABLE DAMPENING

BACKGROUND

[0001] The present disclosure relates to a wearable thorax percussion device.

[0002] Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary chronic disease affecting human

patients that causes the buildup of thick, sticky mucous in the lungs and other parts of the

body. If left untreated, the mucous can clog air ways, and lead to complications such as

tissue inflammation or infection, or other symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, and

compromised cardio-respiratory performance. One technique to manage CF is chest

physiotherapy (CPT), which involves the manipulation of the patient's thorax to dislodge

mucous buildup in the airways and encourage expectoration of the mucous. CPT may

have to be performed in several sessions in a day, with each session lasting from between

10 to 45 minutes. CPT can be performed manually by therapists who use their hands to

repeatedly percuss the patient's thorax. However, manually performed CPT can be

physically and time demanding and should only be performed by a properly trained

therapist. Alternatively, CPT can be performed using handheld or wearable mechanical

devices. Wearable devices have the advantage over handheld devices of relieving the

therapist or patient from having to manipulate the device during the treatment session.

SUMMARY

[0003] An apparatus, system and/or method according to the present disclosure

includes one or more of the features recited below or in the appended claims, and which

alone, or in any combination, may define patentable subject matter:

[0004] According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a high frequency chest

wall oscillation apparatus comprises a garment, a plurality of oscillation assemblies, and

a controller. The plurality of oscillation assemblies are supported by the garment. Each

oscillator assembly includes an actuator and an adjustable dampener. The controller

includes a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor, the memory device

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including instructions that, when processed by the processor, cause the adjustable

dampener to be adjusted to modify the force transmitted from the actuator to the patient.

[0005] In some embodiments, the actuator comprises a solenoid.

[0006] In some embodiments, the dampener comprises a bladder.

[0007] In some embodiments, the apparatus further comprises a user interface to

receive user inputs to change the operation of the apparatus.

[0008] In some embodiments, the apparatus further comprises a compressor and

at least one valve to control the pressure in the bladder.

[0009] In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a sensor to monitor the

pressure in the bladder and provide feedback to the controller to maintain the pressure

within the bladder.

[0010] In some embodiments, the dampener is fluid filled.

[0011] In some embodiments, the pressure in the dampener is controlled to

modify the force transmitted from the actuator to th...