Noor is a three-year old girl suffering from respiratory distress in rural Bangladesh. It took Noor and her 22-year-old mother two days of travel via buses and trains to get to a hospital. Having previously lost two infants to respiratory distress, Noor's mother is acutely aware of its symptoms and is determined to get Noor the help she needs.
Unfortunately, the rural hospital doesn't have enough oxygen to treat Noor. For her age and weight, Noor needs 15 L/min of oxygen flow. Unfortunately, the hospital she is at only has two oxygen tanks left, and doesn't know when more will arrive. As such, they need to conserve the oxygen supply. Left to fight her respiratory distress on only 2 L/min of oxygen flow, its evident from the extreme movements of her chest that Noor is losing her fight to breathe. Her charts indicate she is losing a kilogram each day due to the physical effort required to expand her lungs. It's only a matter of days until her vital organs start to fail.
Bubble CPAP's fatal flaw is its reliance on oxygen tanks... without the tanks, there is currently no CPAP treatment. Patients like Noor are left to their own wiles to expand their lungs.
It doesn't have to be this way.
By converting room air into pressurized gas to expand patients' lungs, Inspire costs less than 1% the cost of traditional bubble CPAP. If doctors believe it's necessary for patients to receive an oxygen supplement, they can bleed the oxygen into the Inspire device, custom blending the oxygen in a way that saves money. Given that 100% oxygen in excess doses causes retinopathy (blindness) and asthma, Inspire has the added benefit of improving the safety of traditional bubble CPAP treatment.