20 2016 Sep

Lung Force Expo

Learn the Latest on Lung Cancer and Lung Disease

More than 33 million Americans suffer from chronic lung disease. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women today. In fact, lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. The American Lung Association in Georgia will host its second annual LUNG FORCE Expo, sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, to provide education and support in the fight against lung cancer and lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The event will feature the latest trends, resources and research on adult chronic lung diseases and lung cancer in two tracks: one for patients and caregivers, and one for healthcare professionals. The LUNG FORCE Expo will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway in Atlanta. The healthcare professional track starts at 7:30 am and the patient/caregiver track starts at 9:30 am.

The LUNG FORCE Expo patient/caregiver track will cover topics on screening, treatment options, how to be a smart patient,  how to be your own best advocate, and will address the stigma of lung cancer. Topics for healthcare professionals run the gamut from screening and reducing re-admissions to current research trends and improving patient outcomes.

“In recent years, we have been very fortunate due to tremendous advances in the medical and surgical therapy for patients with lung diseases.  Our patients’ outcomes are better, and their quality of life has improved as a result of new therapeutic options”, said Dr Rabih Bechara, MD, FCCP Chief of Interventional Pulmonology, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

After attending the LUNG FORCE Expo, attendees will come away with tools to help lung disease patients lead healthier, active and more fulfilling lives.  In addition to dynamic speakers, there will be door prizes and exhibitors to share information about products and services.

Registration for the LUNG FORCE Expo is $75 for healthcare professionals and $10 for patients and caregivers. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and physician assistants.  Lunch is included with registration. For more information or to register online, go to and select the Atlanta location, or call 770-434-5864x 1704.

 The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

21 2016 Jul

UPODS presents Poster Presentation at the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care in Savannah, GA

Summary data from a 121 patient study was presented in poster presentation titled,


The study looked at the satisfaction and dissatisfaction rates of the single vs. dual prong cannulas, with a likely hood of conversion within a 121 patient population. Comparative POX readings across 1-6 LPM were also observed.  The study found that the single cannula devices provided higher statistically significant POX readings when compared to dual prong POX readings across flow rate categories within a defined patient population and across both continuous and pulse delivery type devices.

Download the Study

01 2016 Jan

Introducing the New Uni-flo2 Single-Prong Oxygen-Delivery System

The new Uni-flo2, single prong oxygen-delivery system is designed to replace the old dual-prong cannula that was introduced back in 1949. Dr. Payton had observed and heard his patients’ problems, then undertook a completely new approach to an apparatus that had become sub-standard medical equipment since its introduction over 60 years ago.

The new Uni-flo2 device is a single-prong nasal cannula that offers a simpler and more reliable performance over the dual prong device currently in use worldwide.

Dual nasal cannulas are used to deliver supplemental low flow oxygen to people in need of respiratory help. Frequently patients using the dual prong devices experience:

  • irritation of interior nostrils
  • sore and irritated upper lips
  • sores around ears
  • constriction around neck
  • displacement of dual prongs from nostrils
  • self-consciousness while wearing dual prong devices (especially in public)
  • removal of device when eating
  • use of protective pads to reduce skin irritation

The old design rests its plastic bulk on the upper lip, has two plastic tubes that run across the cheeks, which tugs the ears, all noosed in front, under tension that leads to much discomfort to patients.

The new Uni-flo2 cannula addresses all of these noted issues and takes those pressures and discomforts away. The single prong Uni-flo2 has a miniaturized double-channel tube that incorporates a memory stabilization system that allows adjustment to all facial contours while lifting the single tube off the skin. The Uni-flo2 cannula incorporates a soft-plus custom designed nasal cavity component (NCC) made of special materials and shapes that insure optimal patient comfort. The NCC as well provides, through one nostril, a near top of main airway delivery, which ensures proper oxygen supply while helping to reduce retrograde flow loss. This single-NCC is interchangeable to either nostril, is non-DEHP construction and does not contain any natural rubber latex, which all reduce patient DEHP exposure while improving patient comfort. The design incorporates multiple strain-relief points to insure continuous gas flow. The Uni-flo2 cannula is half the weight of the dual prong devices and wraps behind the neck hiding the tubing. Patients find it cosmetically appealing. Care-providers believe that through the Uni-flo2 human factors designs and simplicity of use, they will experience increased compliance.

The Uni-flo2 cannula is a superior design that strives to advance patient care, while focusing on caregiver efficiency. With its superior design and construction, the selection of ultra-smooth materials and a complete human factors cutting edge approach to design, we believe we can now provide uninterrupted flow of oxygen in a dignified way to the patients we serve.