Read how it came about and real experiences from a family who have used a nebigrip device.
This device came about as a collaboration between the Medical Physics department and the Cystic Fibrosis team at the James Cook University Hospital, part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the north of England. Working with medical product specialist Niche Medical Ltd, the device has now become a reality.
The PARI eFlow® nebuliser is one of the most commonly used; patients appreciate the compact design, ease of storage and rapid administration of their medications. An experienced paediatric physiotherapist in the CF team at James Cook University Hospital thought that a handle attachment might make it easier to hold in the correct position, particularly for some of our younger patients.
The team in the medical physics department developed a handle that clips on to the nebuliser handset without changing how it works. This was tested with some patients and they liked it!
Prototypes were developed and given to some families to test and provide feedback. Here are some of their views:
It made it easier for the child to hold the nebuliser in the correct position.
Children needed less supervision.
It helped the child gain independence and start to take ownership of their own treatment.
nebigrip has been commended in the Innovation North Bright Ideas in Health Awards and, in response to the feedback from patients and their families, is now made commercially available by product developer Niche Medical Ltd.
Our son Henry, who is 5 years old, has been on nebulisers since he was about 2 years old.
He has always been very compliant with his medicines but he always feels like he has to sacrifice 'his time' to do them. Each medicine in the nebuliser can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes to inhale - previously Henry was on 3 medicines a day which in total would take approximately 45 minutes to nebulise.
Henry will normally do his nebuliser either whilst watching TV or whilst playing on his iPad (I have known us in the past to stack cushions on his lap to balance the nebuliser so his hands are free to continue playing on his iPad!). The nebigrip allows the nebuliser to be more stable and it stops Henry having to keep his arm up high. Henry therefore has more freedom to use his hands as the nebigrip supports the nebuliser.
Having the nebigrip allowed me to leave Henry to do his nebuliser on his own as previously I'd either have to sit and hold the nebuliser or just be near Henry to make sure he takes all of the medicine.
The handle gave me the confidence to leave Henry knowing he could sit and the nebuliser would be in a 'good' position for the medicine to run through. The handle is a good size and weight for children to hold and I think its benefits would help younger children too. Overall in my opinion the handle makes the whole experience of sitting doing the nebulisers a lot more comfortable for the user.