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Sleep & Respiratory Newsletter

November 2017

In this issue

Asthma, activity and athletics: what should we expect our children with well-controlled asthma to be able to do?


Routine use of albuterol before exercise is often used for adult exercise-induced bronchospasm. However, it may not be the best approach for a child with asthma as there may often be additional subtle signs of poor asthma control


Children with asthma have a variety of symptoms. Wheezing is often associated with the condition. But when the child suffers a coughing fit, chest tightness or is observed having problems playing during recess, there can be greater uncertainty for the care provider and the family. It may be called “bronchitis” or something else.


This article speaks to approaches and best practices that parents, care givers and clinical professional can follow to helping children manage asthma so they can live healthy and active lives.

Study suggests positive airway pressure therapy could reduce COPD patient hospitalization

However, 92% of the COPD patients studied did not receive PAP therapy


Hospitalization of patients with COPD creates a huge burden on the healthcare system―to the tune of an estimated $50 billion in associated costs1, 2. And hospitalizations are at an all-time high – with the 30-day readmission rate for patients with chronic COPD ranging from 20-39%3-5. A recent Philips-funded study revealed that while positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy was associated with a reduction in hospitalization, a staggering 92% of patients studied were not receiving it in any form.


 “With improved awareness and implementation of PAP therapy as a treatment for COPD, we can lower the cost burden for health systems while allowing patients to recover in the comfort of their own homes.” Noted Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, professor of medicine and interim chief of Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine with University of Arizona College of Medicine.

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Philips to expand its Sleep & Respiratory Care business with the acquisition of US-based RespirTech.

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Strategic design is at the heart of the things we create that make meaningful impact on people’s lives. When it comes to healthcare and wellness, design often makes all the difference in whether a therapy is effective, quality of life is good, and people can live their lives to the fullest. This issue kicks off Under the Hood: a new semi-regular series where we uncover insights and stories from Design professionals and others who imagine and realize the solutions that help us sleep better, breathe better, and live healthier lives.

"To design is to devise a course of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones."

-Herbert Simon

Under The Hood

An interview with Josh Greenberg of Philips Design

Josh Greenberg, Philips Design

Who is Josh Greenberg and what makes you tick?


For the past 10+ years, I’ve been part of a dedicated team of researchers, product, UI and experience designers supporting Philips Sleep and Respiratory portfolio. While I’ve worked across the portfolio, I I‘ve been directly involved in almost every patient interface mask initiative since 2007.


I grew up in a science household – mom a marine biologist, dad a chemist—but I always knew I wanted to create. I started in engineering but soon moved on to design – specifically product design – as a way to make a difference in the world. Some early experiences in the children’s product category really laid the groundwork for what I believe makes effective design: a user centric approach.

What do you mean by a user centric approach to design?


It is a philosophy. Design driven by the needs of the user. I am talking about the opposite of design for design’s sake, of bells and whistles that serve no clear, strategic or functional purpose. Design focused around the experience of a user’s interaction with the products. 

Technology spotlight

Philips DreamWear: The mask that makes patients feel like they are not wearing a mask at all6


DreamWear’s unique design helps patients sleep comfortably in virtually any position with more freedom to move in bed. 


Key features of the DreamWear family:

DreamWear mask

DreamWear is a recipient of the iF Design Gold Award 2016 in the product design discipline

1American Lung Association. Trends in COPD (Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema):Morbidity and Mortality. Available at: ALA, 2013. Accessed November 23, 2016.

2American Lung Association. COPD Prevalence in Adults by State 2013. Available at: Accessed November 23, 2016.

3Jencks SF, Williams MV, Coleman EA. Rehospitalizations among patients in the Medicare fee-for-service program. N Engl J Med.2009;360:1418-1428.

4Chris K, Terra S, Andrew P. A propensity-matched retrospectiveanalysis to identify predictors of r hospitalization for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). C51. Hospitalization and readmission in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013;187:A4387.

5Elixhauser A, Au D, Podulka J. Readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 2008. HCUP Statistical Brief #121 (AHRQ) 2011; #121. Available at: March 1, 2017.

62015 Philips User Preference Questionnaire, data on file

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