Anti-choke mug, is a self-explanatory term, but not a new key phrase. A quick Amazon search will give you a handful of results for mugs that vouch to keep kids and patients from the risk of choking. These products, however, are little from a solution that may eventually come from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, where a research wing is working on the first real anti-choke mug for patients suffering from various neurological diseases.
The mug in development by Chula Medicine is “hoping to reduce” risk of choking in patients and the elderly “that may lead to lung infections.”It is conjured up with the intention to offer “better quality of life” and protection against a potentially life-threatening problem by letting the person consume from the mug with “calculated angle, amount, and time” of water flow into the mouth.
The anti-choke mug has been designed “in a single piece with an internal water barrier” in beautiful colors to even lets you use it with kids. It helps regulate the amount of water per drink and the drinking time so that the drinker gets right volume of water without having to tilt the neck backward, which can help reduce the chances of choking “drastically.”
According to the press information shared by the university, “anti-choke mug is still a prototype.” It has cleared the initial research formalities and is now being live tested with real users to evaluate its effectiveness. The idea is to see to “what extent drinking water from the anti-choke mug… can reduce choking” and help patients take medication or drink water otherwise with or without the supervision from a doctor, nurse or a caring family member.
“Choking is a potentially life-threatening, especially in older adults suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.” It can lead to “pneumonia, lung infections, and eventually death,” the research information notes.
Arguably, patients and the elderly with difficulty in swallowing are at the greatest risk of choking and so it should not be overlooked. However, we know, choking can happen to anyone while drinking in haste or eating without chewing properly. This is why doctors generally advise us, especially the patients, to “drink slowly” by bending their neck and to “swallow mindfully.”
Taking this as a standpoint for the research, the anti-choke mug is designed to allow the users to “drink and swallow water while the esophagus is in a good position, and the trachea is closed to reduce the risk of choking.” Prof. Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri, the research lead, MD and head of Excellence Center for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital informs.
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