Team: Justin Choe, Andrew Hild, Dhruv Kothari, Anisha Kumar
Client: Dr. George Su, MD, Assistant Professor of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at UCSF and SFGH
Problem: Outpatients have limited access to options that can accurately assess their level of respiratory compromise and impending respiratory failure without extreme inconvenience and expense.
Needs Statement: A method to predict impending type II respiratory failure in outpatients with COPD to reduce the rate of respiratory related outpatient mortality.
The process of respiration occurs primarily within the lungs and involves numerous steps that serve to promote gas exchange. Chronic respiratory disorders are a group of diseases affecting the airways and other associated structures of the lungs. These generally lead to impaired respiration and physiological stress, potentially culminating in a life-threatening condition. As such, a method to monitor respiratory function in an outpatient setting is a crucial clinical need that would be of utmost importance to the well-being of patients suffering from these disorders. In particular, the ability to alert patients of impending respiratory failure has the potential to greatly increase both a patient’s understanding of his or her condition and improve his or her quality of life.
Population: Outpatients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) who suffer from type II respiratory failure.
Outcome: To reduce the occurrence of outpatient related respiratory mortality due to an inability to determine the potential for respiratory failure.