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21 January 2018
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Clement Clarke - A major force in manufacturing

The Medix AC2000 has been a mainstay of our product range for years but where did it come from and what else do Clement Clarke have to offer?

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Clement Clarke International has been a major force in the manufacturing of innovative medical instrumentation worldwide since 1917. Although their name may not instantly be familiar, the 'Mini-Wright' Peak Flow Meter is a product that you are all probably well acquainted with. It was first launched in 1976 and became the original portable Peak Flow Meter now supported by hundreds of published papers.

Based in Harlow, Clement Clarke International became part of the Haag-Streit group in 1989. Their mission is to strengthen their respiratory presence in the form of product development and research, to assist in screening, monitoring and treating a wide range of respiratory conditions. Today's range of respiratory medical devices covers diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.

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The Flutter

The Flutter Mucus Clearance Device is another productive that may be familiar too.

The Flutter is a small, lightweight mucus clearance device that requires no power and can be used anywhere, at any time. Mucus clearance is extremely important for airway integrity and pulmonary health. If trapped mucus is not cleared it makes breathing difficult and, if allowed to build up, it leads to infection and damage to the lungs.

The Flutter works when you exhale into the device, causing a ball-bearing inside the casing to vibrate. The vibrations travel back into the lungs and these vibrations loosen the mucus in the airways which can then be removed by gentle coughing.

Lets take a look at three of their Medix nebulisers

The Medix AC2000 is probably the most recognisable. It’s been around so long it could be considered a classic. This popular nebuliser offers a high flow solution that is suitable for nebulising all commonly prescribed medications. The classic shape of the durable case has a storage compartment that will hold your accessories and mains cable, making it easy for you to carry from room to room or up to your bedroom. Another practical feature is the large on/off rocker switch which is easy to operate even if you have a touch of arthritis in your fingers.

The Medix Econoneb is continuously rated, making it a cool running compressor for demanding use. A reliable unit that is ideal for meeting the challenges of both the hospital and the clinic. The practical design incorporating a carry handle and a large on/off switch makes this reliable model functional and easy to use. The Econoneb has a high flow rate which is suitable for nebulising bronchodialators (relivers), corticosteroids (preventers) and antibiotics.

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The Medix Turboneb 2 has the highest flow rate of all of the Clement Clarke Nebulisers. It, too, is continuously rated, making it a cool running nebuliser for demanding use, such as in a multi-patient ward environment. It is capable of making easy work of even the most complex therapeutic regimes. Conversely a few customers do feel it is just too powerful for bronchodilators alone, saying itʼs like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Servicing

Has your respiratory professional asked if you have had your nebuliser serviced?

Evergreen Nebulisers began life as a service agent nearly 30 years ago. Nebulisers were more expensive then and required not just a filter and accessory change but an annual service to maintain their original pressure. Stripped down, the cylinder head cleaned, internal piston seals and piston rings all had to be changed by a trained professional. If not maintained your compressor lost pressure and your warranty was invalid. Cleaned up, pressure checked, rebuilt and it would be good to go for another 12 months.

Today, thankfully, most nebulisers no longer require a service and should maintain their output pressure for the life of their warranty. Provided your compressor has been looked after according to manufacturers instructions and you’ve changed your filters and accessories as required a drop in pressure shouldn’t occur. However this is not so for the Medix range and something to bear in mind before you purchase. We keep a list of national service agent locations and if you contact us we are happy to pass on details of the one closest to you.

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'Which is the best nebuliser?' is probably the wrong question. Better to ask “Which is the best nebuliser for me?” Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to choosing a compressor. For some, familiarity is everything. Older customers often feel more comfortable with a device they have had before or they've used in hospital. Some hospitals still offer to service your nebuliser but there may be a charge. Other hospitals will provide you with accessories which may be compatible with the Medix range. Not checking what resources Health Professionals can provide locally is number one of the Top Ten Common Mistakes made when it comes to buying a nebuliser. Before you act, think, and if you need any help at all then contact us, we're always happy to help.

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