Medscope are delighted to carry a selection of spirometry consumables and equipment, from leading brand, Vitalograph®.
Our high-tech range of spirometry equipment accurately assess a patient’s breathing patterns, enabling identification and diagnosis of conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and COPD, whilst maintaining optimal hygiene through the use of bacterial preventing filters and mouthpieces.
Vitalograph® was founded in 1963 in England, and is now a leading provider of cardio-respiratory products to primary, secondary and occupational care. Vitalograph’s® range of spirometers offer the benefits of portability, intuitive touch-screen display and built in printers.
The earliest findings of spirometry dates back between 129 and 200 AD. Greek Physician, Claudius Galen conducted an experiment in which he had a boy breathe in and out of an animal bladder, a primitive spirometer, to assess how much air his lungs could hold. His observations led him to conclude that the volume of gas did not change over time.
The spirometer was later invented in 1840 by English surgeon, John Hutchinson. The device was the size of an adult human and was essentially a calibrated bucket that was placed upside down in water. By exhaling into a tube connected to the bucket, the volume of air exhaled from the lungs could be accurately measured. Since Hutchinson’s discoveries, spirometers have been adapted and modified to meet modern day medical requirements, from portable desktop and handheld devices to new generation, innovative PC spirometers with inbuilt printers.
Today’s spirometers have proven to be a valuable clinical tool for prevention and early identification of disease. Spirometry equipment can identify conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis helping to diagnose and treat patients, alleviating symptoms. For instance, a spirometer can identify airflow obstruction before COPD symptoms present and 5-10 years before signs appear on an X-ray. http://www.artp.org.uk/en/spirometry/index.cfm
In 1996, the Spirometer Committee of the National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP) encouraged more widespread use of spirometry to diagnose and monitor disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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