UCT engineers design device to improve the quality of life of asthma sufferers

Local biomedical engineers at the Medical Devices Laboratory at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have designed a device they hope will alleviate the issues associated with asthma-suffers, especially the elderly and children, who are unable to activate their asthma pumps due to the force required to release the medicine. The Easy Squeezy, a novel device, is an attachment sleeve that fits over a standard inhaler and which reduces the force required to activate the inhaler by about two-thirds, thereby making it manageable for most children and elderly asthma sufferers.