Philips Company Introduces Device To Avoid Childhood Pneumonia Deaths

According to the statement, when effectively used, the device was
capable of preventing many of the 935,000 childhood deaths caused by
pneumonia each year.

A leading health technology company, Royal Phillips, on Thursday said its Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor device, designed to tackle dreaded disease, Pneumonia, would be made available to the public soon.
This is contained in a statement by the company on Thursday to in Lagos to commemorate with the World Pneumonia Day.
The statement said the device aimed at improving diagnosis in the treatment of pneumonia in low resistant countries.
According
to the statement, when effectively used, the device was capable of
preventing many of the 935,000 childhood deaths caused by pneumonia each
year.
The Children’s Automated Respiration
Monitor has the potential to assist community health workers in
establishing a more accurate measurement of a sick child’s breathing
rate to help improve the diagnosis of pneumonia.
Each year, pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, and remains the leading infectious cause of death among children under-five.
It kills nearly 2,500 children a day, with most victims under two years of age,’’ the statement said.
It
noted that every 35 seconds, a child died of pneumonia with 99 per cent
of deaths occurring in low-resource settings in developing countries.
The
statement said these countries were typically rural with poor health
care facilities, and where treatment was not available for many
children.
It stressed further that an important aspect in diagnosing pneumonia was the monitoring of the child’s breathing rate.
In
many emerging markets, community health workers manually count through
visual inspection how many breaths a child takes in the span of one
minute.
But achieving an accurate count
can be difficult as shallow breaths are hard to detect, children often
move around and there may be distractions and other checks to perform,
’’ the statement said.
It
explained that the device converted chest movements detected by
accelerometers into an accurate breathing count using specially
developed algorithms.
The statement said the
monitor not only provided quantitative feedback, but also qualitative
feedback to the healthcare provider based on the World Health
Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
“Accurate
diagnosis of breathing counts will support health workers in
administering the antibiotics that children with pneumonia need,
potentially preventing many of the deaths caused by pneumonia each year.
Additionally,
accurate diagnosis could help rationalise the use of antibiotics, by
potentially reducing unnecessary costs and antibiotics overuse rates,
which contributes to the rise of drug-resistant diseases
,’’ the statement said.
It said that the Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor would be a game changer in diagnosing and treating pneumonia.
If
we can remove the subjectivity associated with health workers counting
breaths, we can improve the quality of treatment and help improve
patient outcomes
,” the statement said.
It, however, mentioned the commitment of Philips’ technology to the improvement of lives through technology.
As a leading health technology company, Philips’ vision is to improve peoples’ lives through meaningful innovation.
Today, the population growth is highest in emerging markets like Africa and South East Asia.
Innovation
can help drive sustainable solutions that bridge the divide between the
privileged and lesser privileged sections of society to improve the
quality of life at all levels
,’’ the statement quoted Van Dongen, CEO Philips Africa as saying.
It
added that the device was pending CE-marking and was expected to become
commercially available from the second quarter of 2016.
The
World Pneumonia Day is annually held on November 12, to raise awareness
about pneumonia, promote prevention and treatment, as well as generate
action to fight the illness.
World Pneumonia Day
supports all efforts made to protect and treat people against pneumonia,
the single largest cause of child deaths worldwide. 
Source: Pulse.ng
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