By: 5 December 2016
Progress in technology offers new opportunities for anaesthesia and respiratory market

Industrialisation and globalisation has opened new opportunities and avenues for the different sectors such as manufacturing, oil & gas, construction, healthcare, mining, automobile, aerospace, and defence. The growth of industrialisation, coupled with increase in sales of automobiles over the past decade, is the main cause of heavy pollution and has had an impact on the environment. The rise in pollution has led to the growth of different respiratory diseases and medical diseases. As a result, the demand for anaesthesia and respiratory devices has grown in the past two decades. Allied Market Research recently published a report that offers a clear understanding about the current market scenario covering the current trends. It also offers information related to the anaesthesia and respiratory devices market such as market share, size, and growth. Research and development activities in the field are creating new opportunities and opening doors for new treatment procedures and treatment options.

Physiotherapy for COPD

In modern times, the pollution levels across the urban cities around the world have risen significantly. This has increased the incidences of various respiratory diseases. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) results in inflammation of the bronchial tube. The new treatment based on physiotherapy aims at keeping the inflammation levels low and slow down the process. The condition does not have a known cure yet and therefore managing the magnitude of the condition becomes essential.

To maximize the ventilation and improve the functionality of the lungs, physiotherapists have formulated a strategic approach with the help and assistance of chest physician and rehab specialists. Sonu Singh, Physical       Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, threw light on the different physiotherapy exercises for patients suffering from COPD. The exercises include postural drainage, clapping and shaking, breathing exercises, posture correction, and thoracic mobility exercises. These exercises will improve the condition of the patients suffering from COPD.

Technology to improve lives of patients

A relatively new technology to help lung disease sufferers has been developed in Swansea, UK. The technology will assist in diagnosing and monitoring the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The research is led by Professor Paul Lewis who has taken the initiative to curb the disease. Currently, the technology is in the clinical trial phase in collaboration with Cwm Taf University Health Board. If the results show encouraging signs, the technology will be utilised to diagnose and track COPD that affects around 330 million people worldwide.

COPD is mainly caused by smoking cigarettes and being exposed to tobacco smoke. The condition still does not have any concrete treatment but symptoms such as breathlessness, persistent cough, and chest infection can be treated. If the symptoms are treated the disease can be kept at bay, which will save time and money. Prof Lewis explained that where COPD is present, the surface of the molecules in the sample of coughed mucus will contain sugars of a specific configuration. The team discovered that shining a beam of infra-red light on the sample, detected COPD from a unique frequency of infrared light that bounces off the sample. Prof Lewis received support from InvestorG8, and the Swansea University program that was designed to get innovative ideas closer to commercial use.


Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea often requires proper treatment which may be expensive and not affordable for the masses. There are relaxation exercises but they may not always be helpful. There are other alternatives that help tackle OSA such as gadget-free options, oral, and nasal devices. According to Dr Quan, 25 per cent of people suffering from OSA have positional OSA. He suggests people sleep against a pillow or a small pouched strapped around the waist that will prevent patients from sleeping on their back. Another possible remedy is weight loss and according to Quan, 75 per cent of entire sleep apnea is associated with weight. Another effective solution is disposable nasal valves that assist people suffering with mild sleep apnea. Expensive remedies include a custom, comfortable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask molded to the face or an oral appliance that keeps the jaw in a forward position to stop the tongue from collapsing into the airway.

The anaesthesia and respiratory devices market is set to grow in the next decade owing to high frequency of respiratory illness in the form of COPD and OSA. The rising level of air pollution and the growing number of ageing population worldwide has boosted the growth of the industry. There has been a significant rise in operative conditions that offer a good opportunity for the anaesthesia device market to grow. Advancement in technology has resulted in production of new devices that supplement the growth of the anaesthesia and respiratory devices market.

Source: Allied Market Research