Respiratory Simulation Specialists



Quicklung Breather – FAQ

Q: Can the Breather help me simulate a patient with ARDS, COPD or an asthma exacerbation?
A: Yes, with the QuickLung Breather you can simulate a wide range of spontaneously breathing patients. See instructions on how to simulate common respiratory patient types here.

Q: Can I use the Breather on any ventilator?
A: Yes, the QuickLung Breather can be used on ANY ventilator, just like a real patient. The connection is made with an ET-tube.

Q: Does the Breather require an external gas source?
A: No, you just need a regular power source.

Q: How does the Breather work?
A: The Breather is essentially an accessory for the QuickLung to allow the simulation of spontaneous breathing. The Breather has a motor-operated arm that opens the bellows of the QuickLung, simulating the inhalation of the spontaneously breathing patient.

Q: I don’t have enough money in my budget for the Breather, can I get the QuickLung now and retrofit later with the Breather?
A: Yes, the QuickLung and the QuickLung Junior can be upgraded with the Breather in a matter of minutes.

Q:  Can I set a repeatable tidal volume and breath rate?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I set an I/E ratio?
A: Yes.

Q: I am also considering the RespiSim/ASL 5000, how do I know which product is right for me?
A: While both the ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator and the Breather can simulate spontaneously breathing patients, there are significant differences between the two products. The ASL 5000 is a very flexible, digitally controlled simulator. Compliance and resistance settings are made along a continuum, thus it can be programmed to simulate almost any type of patient (neonatal to adult), even a patient whose condition gradually changes over time. It is also extremely accurate.

The ASL 5000 is part of the RespiSim System, which provides a special user interface for educators, curriculum modules, and can be integrated into the RespiPatient manikin.

The QuickLung Breather is a simpler system. The lungs are simulated with bellows, compliance with springs, and resistance with orifices. Combining the compliance and resistance settings allows you to simulate quite a wide range of patients. You can select from five modes to create a scenario. To make a change in the patient condition, you must stop the simulation.

The QuickLung Breather is simpler to operate, and the movement of the bellows can be an effective teaching visual. It is priced significantly below the RespiSim/ASL 5000.


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