Nasal Mask

Respironics Inc, Murrysville, Pa, announces the release of the ComfortLite™ 2 minimal-contact nasal mask. The ComfortLite features several enhancements designed to improve patient outcomes, including multiple mask cushion options and a headgear design that eliminates facial pressure points. The ComfortLite 2 demonstrates Respironics’ commitment to providing solutions and upgrades to better the lives of patients with OSA, the company says. (800) 345-6443;

Gastric Reflux Monitoring
Respiratory Technology Corp (Restech), San Diego, has launched its Dx-Sleep Adapter™, a new accessory for its recently released Dx-pH Measurement System™. Restech’s “plug & play” adapter allows sleep medicine professionals to track their patients’ airway pH events in real time on their existing patient monitoring equipment. In addition, according to the company, the device gives patients a procedure that is minimally invasive and more comfortable than current technology. A sleep physician can easily set up the system, the company adds, and the device allows simple, reliable detection of pH changes in the airway associated with gastric reflux. Also, since the device transfers data using wireless telemetry, there are no extra leads from the patient. (800) 352-1512;
Chin Strips
Dale Miller Inc dba, the Chin-Up Company, Dacula, Ga, offers consumers US Food and Drug Administration-cleared noninvasive, drug-free snoring relief and a sleep center-proven treatment for dry mouth discomfort for patients on CPAP therapy for sleep apnea. According to the company, one can perform a simple test to determine if the Chin-Up Strips will reduce or eliminate snoring: relax face muscles, close mouth, and inhale through the nose several times. If snoring was not present during the test, the strips may reduce or eliminate snoring by preventing mouth breathing during sleep. The Chin-Up Company does not and never has claimed Chin-Up Strips treat sleep apnea. (888) 835-4563;
Full-face Mask
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. 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. (800) 456-6695;
Air Purifier
Creating an original technique for providing nighttime allergy sufferers with allergen-free air, Halo Innovations, Minneapolis, has unveiled the PureNight™ Sleep Air Purifier. This product is a purifying system that flows air directly around individuals while they sleep, creating an envelope of 99% pure, allergen-free air within one’s immediate sleep environment. (800) 248-9500;
Plug-free CPAP
Hoffman Laboratories LLC, Chatsworth, Calif, has introduced a wearable CPAP device for the treatment of sleep apnea. The lightweight BreatheX™ CPAP device (patent pending) powers 1 to 2 nights of therapy with a built-in, rechargeable battery. This eliminates the need for BreatheX CPAP users to be “plugged in” to a bedside flow generator with a 6-foot hose and gives them greater freedom of movement wherever they sleep. In addition, because the BreatheX, which can be used with most interfaces on the market, looks more like a pillow than a medical device, users will not experience the same mental barriers to acceptance and compliance that they often do with traditional CPAP devices, the company says. (866) 885-4131;
Pediatric PAP System
ResMed Corp, San Diego, has announced the upcoming launch of the first positive airway pressure (PAP) system cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hospital and home treatment of OSA and respiratory insufficiency in pediatric patients who are 7 years and older and weigh more than 40 pounds. The system is comprised of the Mirage Kidsta™ nasal mask, which is based on ResMed’s Mirage™ for adults, and the VPAP® III ST-A variable pressure device. It has been available to pediatric patients in Europe since 2004, and now pediatric patients in the United States will have access to it as well. (800) 424-0737;