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ACIDO Rocket 1st Place,
ACIDO Rocket Market Ready Award (designforce)

Breathii: Incentive Spirometer, a Device for Respiratory Muscle Training

Hospital-acquired pneumonia can increase the length of a hospital stay from 7 to 9 days, costing more than $40,000 per patient. But what if it, along with other complications, could be prevented?

Incentive spirometry (I.S) uses inspiratory muscle training to help patients recovering from surgery or respiratory illness to regain strength and help clear their lungs. I.S. can reduce the likelihood of complications. Existing devices are not user-friendly, which deters patients from using it, increasing financial and emotional strain. Enter Breathii, the user-friendly, child-friendly, and ergonomically designed solution to ensure ease of use for both the patient and caregivers. Breathii can be cleaned and reused long after the initial use, to help with symptom relief or future illnesses in the home. A form that is approachable and fun not only encourages its use and increases patient adherence, but can make serious illnesses less daunting.


About the Designer

Emily Hayhurst, Sheridan College

Emily is an industrial designer focused on creating products that make life easier, and better. Using empathy and research as the basis of all her work, Emily strives to make products that can enhance quality of life and bring joy to those who use them.