Image of ResMed VPAP COPD.The VPAP COPD, a new bilevel PAP (positive air pressure) device from ResMed, is designed to help COPD patients maintain their ventilation by customizing the breath delivered to the patient with a rapid inhalation phase and allows an extended exhalation, according to the company.

Built on the ResMed S9 Series platform, the compact VPAP COPD device can be combined with the companion H5i heated humidification device to create a comfortable patient experience.

“Many stage 3 or stage 4 COPD patients are admitted to the hospital two to three times a year because of their condition, and hospital discharge planners need ways to reduce that figure with better at-home respiratory care,” said Geoff Neilson, president of ResMed’s Respiratory Care business unit.

“Minimizing the likelihood of acute events that lead to readmissions starts at the point of discharge, sending patients home with the best tools like ResMed’s VPAP COPD to help them breathe better when their lungs have been damaged by the disease.”