Philips Respironics, Murrysville, Pa, introduces the FitLife total face mask for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The mask covers the face from above the eyebrows to below the lower lip. According to the company, the mask is a solution for patients who have difficulty wearing conventional masks or who simply prefer a clear line of sight.

By establishing a robust seal around the less-pressure-sensitive outer perimeter of the face, FitLife addresses the issues of nasal bridge breakdown, facial irregularities, facial hair, dentures, and claustrophobia. The mask’s geometry does not irritate the eyes and keeps airflow in the mouth and nose area while enabling patients to maintain an unrestricted view. An over-molded cushion integrated into the mask frame improves patient comfort and reduces the number of parts. EZPeel tabs and snap clips simplify adjustment, removal, and reapplication of the mask.

Reimbursable as a full-face mask, the FitLife total face mask is available in two sizes, small and large. The mask is compatible with all Respironics therapy devices intended for the treatment of OSA.

The mask is now available in the United States and will be available globally in the third quarter of 2009.

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