ORION studio starts from Salerno

Doctors from all over Italy come together to improve the clinical condition of COPD patients

More than 50 doctors from all over Italy come together on September 28th at the Savoy Beach Hotel in Paestum, starting at 9:00 am, to launch a randomized, spontaneous controlled study on an innovative COPD treatment.

The team of professionals, led by Prof. Marco Ranieri and Prof. Stefano Nava, from the Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna, congregated in plenary session to discuss the extracorporeal removal of carbon dioxide for the treatment of acute COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which is a progressive lung disease characterized by a persistent airway obstruction that causes trouble breathing.

The purpose of the study, called ORION, is to allow a non-invasive mode of ventilation for the patient, trying to avoid intubation and visibly improve their clinical condition.

The studio will make use of PneumoHelp®, an extracorporeal machine, patented by the Salerno-based company Intensivecare.

PneumoHelp® is a minimally invasive low-flow system for extracorporeal removal of CO2.

It reduces the need for intubation in the treatment of the acute phase of chronic obstructive bronchopathy (COPD), as well as in the treatment of the chronic phase.

Thanks to an advanced user interface, it is intuitive to use with a consequent short learning curve.

Here is what Prof. Marco Ranieri and Prof. Stefano Nava stated “This project represents an example of collaboration between science and industry, and between universities and production. As a matter of fact, the study will be carried out thanks to the convergence of funding from the Minister for Scientific Research and Intensivecare company. This is a clear example of the Italian ability to build up the future”.

The meeting, arranged in full compliance with anti-covid rules, was attended on site of some doctors, as well as a streaming link for those who cannot take part at the event physically.