About SPIRO Respiratory Speech Valves I Parburch Medical
SPIRO respiratory speech valves and SPIRO HME valves have been the tracheostomy products of choice at leading centres of clinical excellence throughout the UK, Europe, India and worldwide for over 30 years.
Invented by innovators at Parburch Medical together with the team at Danderyds Hospital Stockholm originally for use by Polio patients and people with severe respiratory conditions, they are extensively used in ITU situations including the fight against the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
This is due to their light-weight, versatile design combining a speech valve with innovative filter, humidifier, heat exchanger with a connection facility for oxygen supply.
What is a SPIRO speech valve?
The unique SPIRO respiratory device redirects airflow, but also pre-warms, moisturises and filters inhaled air when placed on the hub of a fenestrated tracheostomy tube.
The air is facilitated to flow through the vocal folds, mouth and nose, allowing voice and communication, whilst considerably reducing the production of mucus. The SPIRO speech valve also incorporates an easy-breathing oxygen nipple which can help deliver a significantly increased supply of oxygen as required.
Offering both day-time support (through the filtrated speaking valve) and night-time support (through the humidifier) the SPIRO respiratory system is comprehensive, lightweight and comfortable as well as economical thanks to its exchangeable filter design.
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Why use SPIRO speaking valves for COVID-19 procedures?
Over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic, clinicians in UK centres such as Papworth and Addenbrookes Hospitals have been increasingly deciding to perform tracheostomy instead of placing patients with severe COVID-19 virus symptoms in ITU and on to a ventilator.
According to consultants, this tracheostomy route using the highly versatile SPIRO speaking valve has many advantages:
• easy, ready-to-use speaking valve kits available
• provides patient with a vastly increased supply of air and oxygen
• allows fully conscious patient to be placed on a ward, if required
• gives patient the ability to speak and communicate via the fenestrated tube placed in the trachea
• allows patient to retain some level of mobility, thus reducing muscle wastage during hospitalization.
• keeps bodily functions in use throughout the whole period of SPIRO
• permits swifter patient discharge once recovered adequately to have the tracheostomy removed and reversed
• reduces hospitalization time of COVID-19 patients to a minimum
• frees up ventilator units for use with most severe cases or patients with other severe respiratory support needs
• supports significant cost-savings, both through the economical SPIRO units themselves which have exchangeable filters and the call on care levels / support facilities / period of hospitalization required
Cost-effective SPIRO Speech Valve Starter Packs provide consultants with ready-to-go solutions and are sold individually. Each basic set includes the SPIRO day-time use speaking valve and SPIRO heat and moisture exchange valve / HME Valve / humidifier, plus a heat-shield ‘nose’, tweezers for renewing the filter and an adapter for connection to a silver cannula. The replacement filters are available separately.
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Benefits of the SPIRO speech valve filtration system
Unique and versatile, the SPIRO breathing aid is the only light-weight respiratory speech valve on the market which combines a speaking valve with filtration, humidifier and heat exchanger.
The patented SPIRO range of respiratory products with their innovative filtration system are manufactured to the highest standards and distributed worldwide.
Minimises risk of infection
The SPIRO speaking valve filter cleans the inhaled air, preventing dirt from reaching the deeper respiratory passages.
Prevents need for phlegm suction
Fewer course particles are inhaled, so there is reduced mucus production
Efficient design supports optimum performance
Filter blocks secretions from membrane, allowing it to function optimally without interference
Easy-clean, fully disposable unit with exchangeable filter system
A simple to use system with an exchangeable filter. Clean valves daily in luke-warm water. Replace after maximum two weeks’ usage.
Pre-warms inhaled air
Filter further supports the unit’s system of pre-warming and moisturising inhaled air.
Light-weight unit has low inhalation resistance, so can deliver maximum amounts of air and oxygen
Discrete, silent action
Membrane works precisely and quietly, adding to patient comfort
Versatile units can be used on all known cannulae, often without an adapter. SPIRO adapters and humidifier/ silver tube connectors are also available.
SPIRO’s renewable filter design means that the filter-housing does not need to be discarded with the filter
Refined and respected
The SPIRO range of respiratory products have been market favourites for over 30 years. Manufactured to exacting standards and refined in terms of design engineering since their original innovation for Polio patients, they are distributed worldwide.
Versatile and multi-functional
Although developed as a speech valve with filter, humidifier and heat exchanger, not all these facilities need necessarily be used at any one time. This has made it ideal for use in the fight against respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Where the decision is made to intubate or perform a tracheostomy to increase volumes of air into the lungs, the SPIRO speech valve offers the additional feature of an extremely low-resistance oxygen nipple, allowing oxygen to be fed efficiently to maximum amounts.
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