COPD Awareness Month

03 November 2022

This November is COPD Awareness Month. The chronic lung condition effects people from all over the world. Our blog brings light on the condition and highlights the solutions that our Medicare range offer to those who have been diagnosed with COPD.

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease that makes it difficult to empty air out of the lungs. Airways become inflamed and get smaller leading to airflow obstruction. This results in shortness of breath, coughing and tiredness because you are working harder to breathe.

COPD is a progressive illness. This means that the condition has different stages and symptoms become more severe and debilitating as it progresses. The earlier a patient is diagnosed the sooner they can receive treatment to manage the symptoms.

COPD is a term used to include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or a combination of both conditions.
It is estimated that 380,000 people are living with COPD in Ireland.

Symptoms of COPD

  • Shortness of breath or wheeziness.
  • Chesty cough with phlegm
  • Regular chest infections
  • Breathing difficulties

Causes of COPD

COPD is generally associated with working in an environment where you’ve been exposed to smoke, pollutants, dust, or fumes. Exposure to particular types of dust and fumes in the workplace may increase your risk of COPD. For example, welding fumes and silica dust have been directly linked to COPD diagnoses.
However, smoking is one of the main causes of COPD. It is estimated that 80% of COPD cases are as a result of smoking. The harmful chemicals in cigarettes damage the lining of the lungs and increases the loss of lung function by up to three times the normal rate.

Treatments for COPD

The damage to the lungs caused by COPD is permanent. While there is currently no cure for the condition, there are treatments to slow the progression and manage the symptoms of COPD.

Below, we list some the medical devices and symptom management techniques followed by the solutions that our Medicare range offers to help people living with COPD.


Nebulised Medication

Nebulisers are one of the technologies available to assist COPD patients. The devices can be used to take medication that will help the patient manage their condition and the subsequent symptoms. The machine converts the liquid medication into a mist that can be breathed in through the accompanying mouthpiece.

Our Solution: Medicare V2 Portable Nebuliser

Medicare V2 Portable Nebuliser

The new and improved Medicare V2 Portable Nebuliser allows you to comfortably deliver medication discreetly and on the go. Its compact size fits comfortably in the palm of your hand but is still powerful enough to effectively deliver needed medication for respiratory conditions like COPD.
  • Innovative U-Shaped Medicine Cup ensures that medication is used thoroughly, and can be used at any angle
  • Fast Inhalation Time: ≥.2ml/min
  • Ultra-Fine Particle Size: 1-5µm which helps to penetrate deeper into the affected area
  • One-Click Disassembly of Medicine Cup: Easy to clean and disinfect
  • Dual Power Supply: Battery & USB Cable

Check SpO2 Levels

COPD patient can use Pulse Oximeters as a useful management tool to check their SpO2 levels. These readings will calculate the blood oxygen levels of the patient which can determine the functioning performance of their lungs.

Our Solution: Medicare LifeSense Bluetooth Pulse Oximeter

Medicare Lifesense Bluetooth Pulse Oximeter

The Medicare LifeSense Bluetooth Pulse Oximeter is an easy to use, non-invasive and completely painless SpO2 test which gives you quick and accurate results within 10 seconds. The Bluetooth feature allows you to link the device to our Medicare LifeSense App. You can share the readings with your doctor, caregiver, or friends anytime, anywhere.

  • Measures oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate (PR)
  • See and hear heartbeat
  • Adjustable screen brightness
  • Rotatable screen with 4 direction display
  • Alarm alert function
  • Auto power off
  • Can be used to help manage COPD, Asthma, Pneumonia, Anaemia and Congenial heart defects

Air Quality Management

Humidifiers can help manage symptoms of COPD by maintaining a perfect level of moisture in the air while also reducing dust and allergens. The presence of dust and allergens in the air can irritate the lungs and exacerbate symptoms. Talk to your doctor before using a humidifier.

Our Solution:  Medicare Nimbus & Cirrus Humidifiers.

Medicare Cirrus Humidifier
Medicare Cirrus Humidifier

The Medicare Cirrus Humidifier creates a better home environment for those suffering from COPD . This humidifier also includes an essential oil diffuser. The natural benefits of essential oils along with soft LED lighting helps create a soothing and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Eliminates dust, toxins, bacteria, and allergens from the air
  • Removes unpleasant odours and smoke
  • Compact multi-colour LED light display to help create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. 
  • Capacity 1.7L
  • Area Coverage of 10-25m²
  • Mist volume dial
  • Includes a fragrance compartment suitable for essential oils
Medicare Nimbus Humidifier

Medicare Nimbus Humidifier

The Medicare Nimbus Humidifier removes dust and indoor air pollutants from around the home, office, spa and more to create a clean, hygienic air. Using the aromatherapy tray, the humidifier can also release a host of rejuvenating and soothing fragrance that refreshes and improves the indoor air quality and ambiance of any space.

  • Ultrasonic Technology purifies air
  • Distributes a mist to eliminate odours, toxins, and bacteria 
  • Capacity: 3.3L 
  • Area Coverage of 10-25m²
  • 3 Timer Levels: 2/4/6 hours 
  • Auto shut off feature making this the perfect device to soothe you to sleep 
  • Includes a fragrance compartment suitable for essential oils 
  • Heat setting option of warm/cool mist settings

Monitor Lung Performance

Peak flow is a measurement tool that allows you to test how quickly you can blow air out of your lungs.

Our Solution:  Airzone Peak Flow Meter

Airzone Peak Flow

The Airzone Peak Flow Meter measures the amount of air you can forcefully blow out of their lungs in one breath
  • Measured in L/min
  • Suitable for adults and children
  • Features comfortable integral mouthpiece
  • Conforms to all peak flow standards including EN13826:2003

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