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OMRON Healthcare has launched a new device designed to help parents of young children detect wheezing.

WheezeScan is a clinically validated automated system for home-use to detect the presence of a wheeze in young children between four months and seven years old, with the aim of potentially indicating an upcoming asthma attack.

Parents hold the portable device firmly below their child’s right collarbone for 30 seconds and wait for a wheeze or no wheeze identification, after which they can decide what next steps need to be taken.

WheezeScan’s advanced listening technology was designed to identify sounds in a child’s wheezing that parents may not be able to hear. A diaphragm of micron-width material detects low-volume wheezing. This combined with an HD quality microphone, a built-in noise cancelling system, and a specialised on-board computer allows the device to provide a clear reading.

Lucía Prada, marketing director of OMRON Healthcare Europe, said: “As a mother of two, I know how stressful it is having a sick child, and how powerless this can make you feel when you cannot figure out how to help them.

“WheezeScan was designed to give parents confidence in the adequate management of their children’s asthmatic condition. As the first step towards our zero asthma attacks vision, it brings into concrete action our vision to do everything we can to minimize the impact that asthma has on patients, and particularly children.”

WheezeScan also pairs with its companion app AsthmaDiary for mobile devices. The app keeps track of wheeze episodes, enabling parents to log data of potential trigger factors and response to medication, as well as identifying trends.

André Van Gils, CEO and president of OMRON Healthcare Europe, said: “Our going for zero promise tells us to do everything we can to enable people to get more out of life because they’re not controlled by their condition.

“As the global leader in respiratory therapy, introducing preventative, highly portable healthcare technology to provide relief right when people need it, is amongst our biggest priorities.”

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