PRESS RELEASE: January 28, 2019
Dräger has launched a new respiratory support system for newborns: Seattle PAP. Seattle PAP is a patented innovation developed in the USA for the treatment of respiratory distress symptoms in babies and children. It helps respond to the global need for an affordable, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain respiratory support system for Neonatal Care.
How does Seattle PAP work?
"Seattle PAP is a non-invasive respiratory support system. It consists of a bubble box, a rising pipe angled at 135 degrees, a pressure relief valve, a breathing circuit and can be used in combination with nasal prongs and mask. The system supports spontaneous breathing by delivering a continuous, positive pressurized gas flow from a flow and oxygen source to the baby’s airways. The baby breathes through the nasal prongs. The exhaled air escapes through the rising pipe that is submerged in the bubble box. The resistance produces a continuous mean airway pressure and it forms bubbles in the water container. When they burst, small airway pressure oscillations occur that enhance gas exchange and reduce the work of breathing."
What's the difference between Seattle PAP and B-CPAP?
"The patented Seattle-PAP Bubble CPAP System is designed to create continuous positive airway pressure and pressure oscillations. The 135° angle in the submersed tubing increases the amplitude of oscillations, thus providing effects similar to high frequency oscillatory ventilation for improving gas exchange and offer more efficient respiratory support compared to other methods of non invasive respiratory support.2,3 These oscillations are thought to lessen the work required from respiratory muscles, which would make it easier for babies to breathe."
Access Dräger's full press release on the Seattle PAP device here.