AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- International Biophysics Corporation, a global medical device manufacturer and the pioneer of mechanical oscillation vest therapy, introduced its next generation AffloVest fully mobile respiratory HFCWO (High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation) airway clearance vest. The AffloVest is battery-operated and uses Direct Dynamic Oscillation™ technology, which closely mimics hand CPT (Chest Physical Therapy) to help mobilize and clear secretions from the lungs, and allows for full freedom of mobility during treatment. Doctors prescribe AffloVest for patients across a wide range of ages who have severe respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, and certain neuromuscular diseases.
This next generation AffloVest, which began shipping September 1, is much lighter, quieter, and more efficient, with a smaller profile battery and long-life, state-of-the-art motors, offering improved patient ease of use. The new AffloVest is on average 2 pounds lighter (more than 20% less weight) than the previous version -- which was already by far the lightest mobile, mechanical oscillation vest on the market. The new AffloVest also uses streamlined components and tailored styling for a sleeker, slimmer fit.
International Biophysics founder and CEO, H. David Shockley said: "With this next generation AffloVest, we have once again listened to patients and clinicians to remain the innovator and leader in mechanical oscillation vest therapy. AffloVest was already the lightest fully mobile vest on the market, and our new version is even lighter. Patient comfort and ease of use during treatment is very important, and weight is the major contributing factor to comfortable, sustainable mobile therapy. Simply put, if it's too heavy and difficult to use, patients are not going to like it. AffloVest is light and easy to use compared to other vests."
In April 2017, Hill-Rom announced that it was introducing an Afflo-style vest airway clearance device also using mechanical oscillation technology. According to their product literature, that vest will weigh 5 lbs. (38%) heavier than the AffloVest, is restricted to patients 15 years of age and older (in contrast to the AffloVest, which is not age-restricted), and will be available in only one size, unlike the AffloVest, which is available in many sizes to facilitate proper fit for anatomically-targeted treatment. As Hill-Rom's product is not yet commercially available on the market, International Biophysics is not able to independently validate Hill-Rom's promotional claims.
Mr. Shockley added, "We welcome competition and view imitation as validation that our fully mobile mechanical oscillation is the gold standard for mobile mechanical oscillation therapy. We have thousands of AffloVests already in use and, more importantly, we have clinician data showing lung function improvement with patients. AffloVest is the original, proven innovator in mechanical oscillation vest airway clearance therapy."
International Biophysics brings to market innovative, disruptive medical devices and technologies aimed at improving treatment therapies and patient outcomes. Centered on a precision ISO 13485 certified, FDA registered quality controlled USA manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, International Biophysics has a 25-year pedigree of successful medical product and technology launches around the globe.
For more information, please contact:
International Biophysics Corporation
2101 E. St. Elmo Road #275 | Austin, TX 78744
Or visit: www.afflovest.com
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