CPAP Tubing from SP Medical LLC, Cleveland, is constructed from a metallocene plastomer wall with thermoplastic elastomer cuffs. The helical wall support design prevents collapsing while the smooth, clear interior offers excellent unobstructed flow characteristics. Standard lengths are available from 12 inches to 96 inches with cuffs sized to fit 22 mm male connections. The Medical CPAP Tubing is latex free, lightweight, and a cost-effective alternative to silicone cuff tubing. (800) 651-9490; www.SPMed.com.
Respironics Inc, Murrysville, Pa, announces the release of its new premium headgear with EZ Peel™ Tabs for use with the company’s Comfort Series™ masks. A simpler overall design gives patients with obstructive sleep apnea a new level of mask stability and comfort, plus easy-to-use features and increased durability. Lycra stretch fibers are used to weave thicker straps that feel soft and smooth against the skin. The straps are also wider to help improve stability and eliminate neck irritation that can occur with thin straps. EZ Peel tabs make the ends of the straps easy to locate and adjust to help users find the perfect fit. All materials of construction are tough and durable so they will stand up better to nightly use and repeated washing. (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.
|Wireless PSG System
Grass-Telefactor, West Warwick, RI, an Astro-Med Inc Product Group, introduces a lightweight, compact wireless polysomnography (PSG) system. Designated AURA® PSG, the new wireless amplifier system offers maximum patient comfort without sacrificing reliability in rugged applications, the company says. Using built-in Bluetooth™ technology, the 25-channel system has the capability of transmitting polysomnographic data to a computer without the patient being tethered with wires to the computer. The AURA PSG “broadcasts” the patient’s data directly to a recording station. Engineered for both wireless in-lab monitoring and ambulatory out-of-lab recordings, the AURA PSG is compact, rugged, lightweight, and versatile. (877) 472-7779; www.grass-telefactor.com.
|Sleep Digital Video
Q-Video® from Cadwell Laboratories Inc, Kennewick, Wash, is a digital video technology option designed for use with the company’s Easy II PSG/EEG system. Q-Video shows the patient’s physical movement in patterns of bright color generated by the movement itself. This color pattern generation simplifies correlating movement to the PSG and EEG data. This technology is useful in sleep and other long-term studies because it uses adaptive storage rate technology that reduces total file size. An 8-hour sleep study including the edited video record will typically fit on a single CD. (800) 245-3001; www.cadwell.com.
The new 7600 Vmask is an Oro-Nasal (full-face) CPAP/bilevel mask from Hans Rudolph Inc (HRI), Kansas City, Mo, which can be tightened or loosened in the middle of the night without affecting the integrity of the leak-free seal because there is no hard frame or thin seal. All five sizes of the mask are made of a single piece of soft silicone and are dishwasher safe. The product now also comes with HRI’s Sensa Seal button-on accessory. According to HRI, great fits, durability, and low dealer price have made the 7600 Vmask the top choice of sleep laboratories, physicians, patients, and equipment providers. The company also introduces its “Just Try One On” sleep lab program, which places a set of masks in the hands of respiratory therapists, sleep technologists, and pulmonologists. (800) 456-6695; www.rudolphkc.com.
|All-Digital Body Plethysmograph
Ferraris Respiratory, Louisville, Colo, offers the Owl® Complete All-Digital Body Plethysmograph. Owl performs digital plethysmography with nitrogen washout, closing volumes, single-breath diffusing capacity, and 3EQ Diffusion. By redefining accuracy in every step of the testing process, Owl gives sleep professionals the confidence and flexibility they need, even when testing challenging patients. Owl’s proprietary fourth generation sensor technology is proven at nearly twice the industry standard in comprehensive inhaled drug trials, the company says. (800) 574-7374; www.ferrarisrespiratory.com.
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