Software Management System
Callidus LLC, Delmar, Md, introduces Aladin, a sleep laboratory software management system. Designed by Germanys LUU Connect Systems, Aladin has been operating in European sleep laboratories since 1997. Aladin offers appointment scheduling, inventory management, and automatic sleep data collection. The system eliminates the need for multiple entries with its ability to universally update files. It can generate lists based on the criteria of your choice. Based on the IBM DB2® database, Aladin can be networked into any system. This software provides an import/export function, which eliminates the need to reenter information. It also provides the ability to import all data that the laboratory currently uses and has used in the past. (800) 372-3175; www.callidusllc.com.
Portable Phototherapy Device
Physician Engineered Products Inc, Fryeburg, Me, offers the Feel Bright Light, a self-contained, rechargeable phototherapy device that attaches underneath any visor or hat to allow freedom of movement while people take their daily dose of light to help enhance wakefulness and mood. The device, which weighs less than two ounces, features a choice of 16,000 LUX or 10,000 LUX and automatic shutoff after 30 minutes. Its long-lasting, non-UV-emitting LED bulbs use blue-green light (wavelength at ±500 nanometers). The lightweight lithium polymer battery offers up to three treatments before requiring recharging. (800) 622-6240; www.feelbrightlight.com.
Automated Sleep Stager
Grass-Telefactor Product Group, Astro-Med Inc, West Warwick, RI, introduces the Fully Automated Sleep Stager (FASS), an add-on analysis module for existing TWin® PSG review software. FASS software identifies standard Rechtschaffen and Kales sleep stages automatically, deriving information from various parameters of the EEG, EOG, and chin EMG. With FASS, a sleep study is completely staged in less than 1 minute. The comprehensive user interface of FASS permits changing some of the staging parameter thresholds and rules, as well as default settings. Amplitude and EEG frequency trends, such as delta and alpha percentage trends and chin EMG amplitude trends, are also computed and can be displayed on the PSG timeline along with the sleep staging hypnogram. FASS creates a fully staged study that can be reviewed, modified, and exported to a standard report. (877) 472-7779; www.grass-telefactor.com.
Bruxism Screening Device
Great Lakes Orthodontics Ltd, Tonawanda, NY, introduces the BiteStrip, a single-use home screening device that can identify the existence and frequency of bruxism. An alternative to formal sleep and EMG studies, the low-cost, easy-to-use device can be used to prepare for and evaluate bruxing therapy, treatment of a malocclusion, occlusal restoration, snoring and sleep apnea treatment, and temporomandibular joint pain therapies. It contains a micro CPU that operates real-time acquisition and analysis software designed to detect and count EMG signals from the masticatory muscles while a person sleeps. A score representing a range of events is recorded on the permanent display. The score, interpreted by the doctor, indicates the existence and frequency of bruxing. (800) 828-7626; www.greatlakesortho.com.
Roscoe Medical Inc, Strongsville, Ohio, introduces the three-tiered family of RemRest Nasal CPAP systems by Medical Industries America, Adel, Iowa. The Tier One RemRest, a low-cost basic unit, is equipped with noise reduction technology, digital ramp and pressure controls, and international power supply capabilities. The Tier Two RemRest Premium adds an auto-compliance feature that monitors usage and an internal pressure transducer to continually monitor the prescribed setting and adjust automatically to pressure changes. Its LCD displays total running time and patient usage time. The Tier Three RemRest Compliance stores usage data for download to the RemRest Compliance software and notifies patients when it is time to replace their interface. All three CPAP systems offer a 3-year warranty, a carry bag, and compact dimensions. (800) 376-7263; www.roscoemedical.com.
Nasal CPAP Mask With Foam Interface
Hans Rudolph, Kansas City, Mo, says former NFL running back Owen Gill and many other patients claim that the companys ALIZES nasal mask is one of the worlds best. They say it is the quietest and most comfortable nasal mask that they have tried and appreciate how they can easily custom fit and form the mask to their noses and use the foam accessory if desired. (800) 456-6695; www.rudolphkc.com.