The IPV Impulsator is a totally self contained Pulmonary Therapy System allowing COPD patients to continue daily professional quality, hospital administered IPV therapy, "at home."
In other words, IPV® is a unique, long proven, total clinical cardiopulmonary recruitment and stabilization method and not just a method of treating the (shortness of breath) symptoms which are caused by the underlying pulmonary disease.
In summary, IPV® is an advanced composite of every practical historical means of mechanically and pharmacologically managing the symptoms of obstructive pulmonary diseases. HOWEVER, more important, IPV® was conceived to manage the maintenance of both Pulmonary and Bronchial blood flow during the process of managing Bronchitis with it’s associated swelling and secretion retention within the Bronchioles. While IPV® is directed toward the long term preservation of the Pulmonary Blood supply to the Bronchioles, as well as the Alveoli they ventilate, it serves toward keeping the Pulmonary airways free of retained endobronchial secretions reducing the work of normal breathing.
Percussionaire’s cardiopulmonary management seminars are presented within “THE BIRD AVIATION AND INVENTION CENTER MUSEUM” located within the northern Idaho, Bird Ranch complex near Sandpoint, Idaho.
Percussionaire® sponsored seminars are designed to share advanced mechanical IPV® and VDR® cardiopulmonary management protocols developed by “world wide clinicians” on patient’s failing volume-pressure CMV ventilation techniques. These unique military and civil clinical experiences encompass a period of some three decades of on patient use.
The term Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation (IPV®) was coined by Dr. Forrest M Bird in 1980, to describe a Clinical Protocol and the Administering Device, to mechanically ventilate the Lungs with successive Percussive Sub Tidal Volume Deliveries, without firing the Hering Breuer stretch receptors, provoking an expiratory "cough like response”.
Essentially, IPV® in oversimplified terms, assists the respiration of patients with diseases which limit their normal respiration by helping to clear retained secretions from the lungs and then providing deep breathing to increase oxygen delivery to the alveoli as well as flushing carbon dioxide from the pulmonary airways.
To receive this type of mechanical ventilation, the patient breathes through an IPV® accessory device called a Phasitron®, which delivers rapid, high flow, mini-bursts (percussions) of Air or Oxygen into the lungs while simultaneously delivering therapeutic aerosols. IPV® loosens and helps propel deep retained airway secretions upward from the lungs where they can be more easily expectorated (coughed up).
IPV® has been proven to be an outstanding combining therapeutic procedure, in patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases; including, Bronchiolitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, Neuro-muscular disorders, Emphysema, (General COPD), as well as for Post Operative and Emergency Room (ER) airway management. IPV® can be self administered by home care patients through a mouthpiece or mask. In the hospital IPV® can be administered by, mouthpiece, mask or endotracheal tubes, as well as in combination with an intensive care ventilator.
IPV® is a universal Ventilatory program, combining the maximum Clinical Efficacies of all existing routine mechanical ventilatory procedures, directed toward:
1. Mobilizing pulmonary airways, congested by secretion retention, mucosal and sub mucosal edema and bronchiolar spasm.
2. Creating a bilateral uniform alveolar ventilation for enhancing oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide elimination.
3. Mechanically mixing Intrapulmonary Gases through "diffuse intrapulmonary percussion” to enhance endobronchial diffusion of Oxygen and the mobilization of peripheral CO2.
4. Providing a major periodic "Convective Tidal Flow” to wash out CO2.
IPV® programming, allows the patient to breathe spontaneously through the "percussive ventilatory programming”, providing for an assisted step inflation of the lungs, followed by a percussive step down deflation to the programmed expiratory baseline; during passive exhalation.
Essentially, IPV® COMBINES the best features of ALL existing Pulmonary Care devices including:
1. High Density Aerosol Therapy.
2. Extrathoracic Percussion (Chest Physiotherapy).
3. Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing.
4. Mechanical Chest Thumpers, Squeezers and Vibrators.
5. Upper Airway Secretion mobilizers.
6. Bi level (I-E PAP) breathing devices.
7. CPAP devices.
8. Postural Drainage