Become your own asthma manager
With Vivatmo, we want you to feel more confident and in control of your everyday life. With the world’s first patient device for FeNO measurement, you can:
- Measure the degree of inflammation of your lower airways from the comfort of your own home.
- See if your medication is responding.
- Support your doctor more actively in the management of your therapy.
With the Vivatmo breath gas analyzer, you determine the so-called FeNO value, which gives you an indication of the current degree of inflammation of your airways. Like this, you can see how severe the allergic inflammation in your lungs is and obtain an objective “second opinion” on your present state of health. In addition, the FeNO values enable your doctor to help you manage your asthma in the best possible way.
From physician’s office to your own home
Measuring the NO content in exhaled breath is only possible with special highly sensitive and precise measuring devices. Until now, such complex devices have only been available in specialist practices and clinics.
With Vivatmo, we at Bosch Healthcare Solutions are now bringing recognized exhaled breath measurement from the physician’s office straight into patients’ homes. Here, we can draw on the core competencies of the entire Bosch Group. Together with our colleagues from the Bosch campus for research and advance engineering in Renningen and the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, we have developed a small, handy, and high-tech measuring device for quick and easy exhaled gas measurement at home: Vivatmo for asthmatics!
True to our slogan “Invented for life”, our aim with Vivatmo is to create a solution that sustainably improves your quality of life. Vivatmo can easily be integrated into your daily routine, is quick and easy to use, and is designed to help you better manage your asthma.
How to perform measurements with Vivatmo?
Vivatmo with its mouthpiece looks a bit like a flute. The mouthpiece is shaped so that users can close their lips around it in a relaxed manner. This optimally supports the desired breathing maneuver and enables controlled, slow, and constant exhalation.
Using Vivatmo is self-explanatory, quick, and easy. However, you may need some practice to start with if you are not familiar with FeNO measurement from a doctor’s visit, as the breathing maneuver differs significantly from spirometry or peak flow measurement.
Performing the measurement
1. Breathe in deeply through the mouth and then breathe out evenly through the mouthpiece into the Vivatmo handheld.
2. If the LED indicator lights up yellow, you are blowing a little too gently, if it lights up red, you are blowing too hard. Blue means the exhalation is just right and must be held for a few seconds.
3. The result is shown on the display immediately after performing the measurement. The traffic light classification shows you the range of your FeNO value.
Traffic light classification
The default setting is the threshold values contained in the asthma guidelines for adults:
- green = normal range
- yellow = increased values that may need to be interpreted with your doctor
- red = the measurement result indicates conspicuous inflammation values)
The traffic light values can be individually adapted in consultation with your doctor. In addition, an arrow pointing up or down indicates a trend showing relevant deviations (from 10 ppb) compared with previous measured values.
1 Petsky et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016;9:CD011440
2 Essat et al. Eur Respir J 2016;47:751-68
3 Prof. Dr. med. Felix Herth, Medical Director of Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, University Hospital Heidelberg, 2016