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:
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.
Astral Life Support Ventilator
AutoEPAP for Life Support Ventilators now available in the U.S.
The Astral Life Support Ventilator from ResMed. ResMed has upgraded their life support ventilators by including Optional AutoEPAP in iVAPS for patients in the United States. AutoEPAP or automatic expiratory positive airway pressure automatically adjusts a user’s expiratory pressure in response to obstruction of the upper airway. Other upgrades to the Astral iVAPS include easily changeable mouthpieces and full face, nasal or pillow masks from a single limb circuit and customizable program names.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Inc.
F&P Showcases Family of Sleep Masks
The Fisher & Paykel family of sleep masks includes the Simplus, Eson 2, and Brevida. The Simplus incorporates three components: the RollFit Seal, ErgoForm Headgear and easy frame. The Eson features VisiBlue highlights that provide visual cues for more intuitive patient fitting and assembly. Lastly, Brevida features adjustable headgear and the AirPillow seal.
Human Design Medical
PowerShell with Extended Life Battery
Long-life battery doubles CPAP’s overnight battery
The PowerShell with Extended Life Battery integrates with the Z1 CPAP to become a fully integrated battery solution that lets patients take their CPAP therapy anywhere they want to go, even off the power grid. The New Extended Life Battery has twice the capacity of the original Overnight battery. For those patients who already own a PowerShell with the original battery, HDM will upgrade their PowerShell firmware with the purchase of an Extended Life Battery.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
IntelliPAP 2 AutoAdjust CPAP
CPAP with Bluetooth connectivity lets users monitor their health
The IntelliPAP 2 AutoAdjust CPAP uses a predictive algorithm that learns a user’s natural breathing pattern and then adjusts how much humidified air should be delivered. It also features built-in Bluetooth, which lets users synch their IntelliPAP 2 to the free SmarkLink app (available from the App Store or Google Play). With the app, users will receive simple, color-coded feedback on their therapy, frequent reports on usage, and reminders for machine maintenance and care. User data can also be sent to a healthcare provider at the user’s discretion.
Provent Sleep Therapy LLC
Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy
A unique, simple sleep therapy approach
- A disposable, nightly-use nasal device placed just inside the nostrils and held securely in place with hypoallergenic adhesive.
- Proprietary MicroValve design creates pressure when patients exhale to keep their airway open.
- Provent is small and disposable, making it discreet, convenient and travel friendly.
Sunset Healthcare Solutions
Tube and Filter Resupply
Custom packaging options to help resupply thrive
Sunset Healthcare Solutions Tube and Filter Resupply program offers a customizable CPAP kit with an entire three- or six-month supply of CPAP tubes, disposable and non-disposable filters. Kits may potentially include items from Sunset’s full line of CPAP products, such as masks and cushions.
Respura Boomerang Gel Pad
Pad offers additional comfort for CPAP users
- A nasal cushion that relieves pressure and skin irritation from CPAP masks.
- Comes in two sizes and can be washed with warm water using mild soap or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Replacement recommended every 30 days.
Sleep Better Bed Wedges & 2-in-1 Comfort Leg Wedge
Inflatable wedges transform patients' sleep, HMEs' shelves
- Available in four sizes, the Sleep Better Bed Wedges and the 2-in-1 Leg Wedge provide doctor-recommend elevation.
- Offer relief from relief from conditions such as acid reflux, respiratory issues, snoring, blood pressure, hiatal hernia, migraines, back pain, circulation issues, edema, injuries, and surgery recovery.
- Providers can merchandise 16 or more of the slim packages on a 4 in. shelf