Sleep Therapy has been anything but boring over
the last 16 months. Just as sleep providers started to
get their footing during the COVID-19 public health
emergency, along came the Philips device recall.
In both cases, sleep providers have had to deal with uncertain
supply chains while serving both existing patients and
onboarding new ones.
Moreover, when it comes to the public health emergency,
providers of sleep therapy equipment and services had to develop
new procedures and use new tools to safely and effectively provide
products and services to patients and coordinate with referrals.
While all that was happening, providers have to keep up to
speed with the market changes and innovations that have always
been part and parcel of the sleep therapy market. While the
public health emergency or a product recall might have created
gaps in some supplies, new masks, accessories, and other devices
and products have been getting released.
Likewise, there are a variety of business services and software
offerings on the market to help sleep therapy providers run more
efficient businesses, help their referral partners introduce new
patients to therapy, and ensure optimal outcomes.
So, bearing all that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the
products and services that have recently hit the market:
Philips Sleep & Respiratory Care
DreamStation Go Heated Humidifier
Philips Sleep & Respiratory releases new heated humidifier for the U.S.
Designed for portability and convenience, the DreamStation Go Heated Humidifier is a thin water-based CPAP humidifier compatible with most CPAP masks as well as Philips 12 mm micro-tubing. Adding to its thin design for easy packing and travel, the DreamStation Go also accepts both tap and bottled water, not just distilled water, eliminating the search for distilled water while traveling. The DreamStation Go’s water-saving technology senses users’ ambient and therapy conditions in order to adapt and deliver humidification evenly as they sleep.
Responsive Respiratory Inc.
Purify O3 Sanitizer
CPAP sanitizer uses ozone technology
The Purify O3 Sanitizer from Responsive Respiratory is a portable CPAP and BiPAP sanitizer that utilizes ozone technology to disinfect masks, tubing or humidification chambers. The quiet sanitation cycle takes 35 minutes and kills 99.99 percent of bacteria and germs. Its compact and lightweight design as well as its rechargeable Lithium-ion battery makes the device travel-friendly. The unit stores and sanitizes in the included travel bag.
DreamPort Sleep Solution
Bleep rolls out mask-less CPAP machine
The DreamPort Sleep Solution is an adhesive CPAP that does not need headgear, resulting in a light and one-size-fits-all fit. The single-use, disposable adhesives are made from 3M hypoallergenic surgical foam tape often used in hospitals. One box of 32 adhesives will last half a month. The DreamPort, which is covered by both insurance and Medicare, can connect to a user’s current device with the included 9-inch connecting tube that connects to all CPAP machines.
RemZzzs is now compatible with Philips Respironics DreamWear
RemZzzs disposable minimal-contact full-face liners are now compatible with Respironics DreamWear Full Face CPAP masks. The liners reduce air leaks, prevent skin irritation and provide a more comfortable sleep for both users and their partners. In addition to Respironics, RemZzzs is also compatible with ResMed, DeVilbiss, Carefusion and Fisher Paykel Simplus CPAP masks. The liners come in four main styles: full-face, nasal, nasal pillows and minimal-contact full-face.
Sleep 8 Inc.
Sleep 8 introduces portable PAP cleaner
The Sleep 8 is a portable CPAP and BiPAP sanitizer with a universal design that accommodates all CPAP masks and heated and non-heating tubing. Using a waterless Activated Oxygen System, the Sleep 8 kills 99 percent of germs. The device can be powered via a wall outlet or built-in rechargeable battery, and users can use the Sleep 8 while it charges. The cleaning chamber can handle a full-face mask and 12 feet of tubing.
Philips Sleep & Respiratory unveils over-the-nose CPAP mask
The DreamWisp is the first over-the-nose nasal CPAP mask designed with a top-of-the-head tube to help sleep apnea patients sleep more comfortably. Instead of sitting in front of the face, the tube sits atop the head and connects to an over-the-nose nasal mask, allowing users to move freely throughout the night.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Inc.
Sleep Style CPAP
F&P displays Sleep Style CPAP that emphasizes ease of use
The F&P Sleep Style CPAP machine comes with the American Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation for a simple design that makes the device easy to clean, fill and power on. With built-in Bluetooth technology and the SleepStyle App, users can access their sleep data and track their CPAP therapy progress online. F&P’s auto-adjusting algorithms work throughout the night to detect when users wake up and to reduce pressure to a more comfortable level.
Philips expands SmartSleep product line
Philips has added three new products to its SmartSleep suite of solutions: Snoring Relief Band, Better Sleep Program, and Analyzer. The Snoring Relief Band is worn around the chest and measure sleep behavior to prevent the wearer from turning onto his or her back. The Better Sleep Program helps trains users to implement healthy sleep habits by connected a wearable sleep tracking device to a smartphone, which serves up tools designed to help users gain sustainable results. The Analyzer provides analysis of users’ sleep patterns based on an online questionnaire, the results of which can be used to identify sleep challenges and recommend personalized solutions.
ResMed Introduces Its First Top-of-Head CPAP
The AirFit N30i is ResMed’s first top-of-head, mask-to-tube CPAP. It features a new cushion cradle affixed under the nose for more free movement and less disruption while sleeping. The new design also reduces facial marks and irritation for the user.
ResMed Announces First Minimal-Contact Full Face CPAP
The AirFit F30, the latest in ResMed’s AirFit mask portfolio, is the company’s first minimal-contact full face CPAP mask. The mask consists of a minimal-contact cushion that sits below the nose, preventing top-of-nose contact and reducing feelings of claustrophobia. It fits 93 percent of users and features ResMed’s QuietAir vent, which keeps the mask quieter than even ambient bedroom noise.